Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Tuesday congratulated the victorious Team Delta for winning the 5th National Youth Games.
The governor’s congratulatory message was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, on Tuesday in Asaba.
Okowa praised the team for doggedness and determination which culminated in its back-to-back victory at the fifth edition of the games which ended in Ilorin on Tuesday.
He said that with this victory, Team Delta had won the games for the fifth consecutive time.
Okowa also expressed delight that the team surpassed last year’s record in winning the competition.
The governor congratulated the athletes, their handlers and the management of Delta State Sports Commission on the record, which he described as “resounding”.
He attributed the successes of the team to the huge investment of the state government in sports.
Okowa gave an assurance that the talents discovered at this year’s games would be nurtured and mentored to become future stars for the state, country and the world.
He said: “I must commend and congratulate Team Delta for making us proud again by winning the 5th edition of the games.
“It is instructive to note that our winning wasn’t by chance but by strategic planning and huge investments in sports development.
“As a multi-ethnic state, we have identified sports as a unifying factor and it helped us to bring the youths together in a disciplined manner for their own good and that of our state in particular and Nigeria in general.
“As a government, we have continued to devise ways and means to develop and further grow sports, which is evidenced by the revived Headmaster’s and principal’s Cup competitions and our huge investment in sports development.”
He commended the Federal Ministry of Sports for organising the Games and called for more stakeholders’ involvement in funding sports development in the country.
Okowa recalled that the 2019 National Youth Games began on September 10 and ended on Tuesday, with Delta finishing first with a total of 104 medals.
Team Delta garnered 41 gold, 32 silver and 31 bronze, while Lagos State emerged second with a total of 72 medals; 22 gold, 36 silver and 14 bronze.
Bayelsa finished third, winning 45 medals; 17 gold, six silver and 22 bronze.