Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Monday congratulated Team Delta for winning the 4th National Youth Games in Ilorin for the 4th consecutive time.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu in Asaba, lauded the handlers and the management of the Delta State Sports Commission for the feat.
He said he was not surprised that the team came top because Delta had been a pacesetter in sports development.
He said the successes recorded by the team stemmed from the huge investments in sports by the state government.
According to him, the state government revived Headmasters’ and Principals’ Cup competitions as well as its huge investments in sports infrastructure like the Ozoro Polytechnic Stadium and the world class Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
He said: “The Keshi Stadium, which hosted the just concluded African Senior Athletics Championships tagged: Asaba 2018, is poised to continuously blaze the trail.”
Okowa also commended the Federal Ministry of Sports for organising such events that provided an avenue to bring young people together for their physical and mental development.
He assured the youths that the state government would do more to improve their welfare and charged team to continue to make the state proud.
Delta came top with a total of 67 medals, comprising 27gold; 24 silver, and 16 bronze.
Lagos, which did not participate in the second and third editions, emerged second by winning 23 gold, 15 silver and 22 bronze.
Team Bayelsa and Ogun were joint third, winning 34 medals with 11 gold; 7 silver, and 16 bronze apiece.