7th National Youth Games: SWAN Worries Over Cases Of Age Cheat..Calls For Review Of Cash Prizes - EDU-BIZNEWS


Saturday, September 30, 2023

7th National Youth Games: SWAN Worries Over Cases Of Age Cheat..Calls For Review Of Cash Prizes

Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has expressed concern over the incidences of age cheat at the 7th edition of National Youth Games in Asaba, the Delta State capital, which according to the association, is affecting the objectives of the game negatively 

SWAN raised the concern in a communique issued over the weekend at the end of its 2023 National Convention held at Cyson Hotel, Asaba, Delta State,  during the sports fiesta, presided over by the association's National President, Mr. Isaiah Kemje Benjamin  and declared open by the Minister of Sports Development Sen. John Owan Enoh who was represented by the Director Press Federal Ministry of Sports Development, Mr. Mohammed Manga 

The association who commended Delta State under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori for hosting a successful NYG, called for review of awarding medals and monetary rewards to winners which is largely responsible for the desperation by the state and their coaches for winning by any and every means.

SWAN called for hybrid screening process with biometrics and NIN as against facial screening

The association enjoined the organisers to impress on coaches to only field athletes that are U-15 at NYG.

The convention called for establishment of a High Performance Centre and or review of such existing facility to take care of nurturing of discovered athletes.

SWAN called for a better and more coordinated accreditation process for journalists in future editions of the games for proper logistics planning.

SWAN called for a more effective and efficient preparation of medals table for easily available and accessible medal positions. 

It further recommended the establishment of an ICT unit and involvement of SWAN members in compilation of tables.

SWAN also called for prompt release and update of results at the event venues.

The association recommended that the Federal Government should harvest discovered athletes at NYG and groom them for sustenance of their progress.

SWAN called for a more objective officiating by umpires to forestall future displeasure by competing and not demoralise genuine competitors.

SWAN commended Delta State for medical response but called for a more robust medical corps to ensure there are medical teams at all venues and reduction in response time for emergencies

The convention commended Delta State for being a lover of sports, a gesture that propelled the state to host various sporting activities, with  Zenith Basketball billed for the state in a few days time, while calling on the Federal Government to make more funds available for sponsorship of national competitions to ease the burden of host states.

The convention said poaching of athletes ahead of national competitions should be discouraged.and and called on states to shun quick win mentality but take time to prepare their athletes for competitions.

SWAN noted with dismay the poor kitting of athletes by States and advised that they should ensure that their athletes are properly kitted including the use of spike shoes.

SWAN commended all NYG host states past and present including Kano, FCT, Kwara and Delta for supporting the growth of the games.

The convention noted the need for Sports Journalists to improve their skills and deepen their knowledge of various sports for effective discharge of their duties.

SWAN called on State Governments and Local Government Areas to prioritise the development of Sports and Youth Development to curb unemployment, criminality and other social vices; and advocated investing in the discovery of hidden sporting potentials by organising Intra-State and other Mini Sports Competitions, and recommended stiffer punishment for officials/referees and or umpires of sports who indulge in sharp practices.

The Convention however, commended the Delta State Government for good hosting and called for a better planning for the media in areas of accommodation and transport to games venues.

The Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission, Tonobok Okowa, represented by the Head Media Committee of 2023 NYG, Moses Etu was also in attendance.

The Convention also congratulated Mr. Isaiah Kemje Benjamin, on his election as President of SWAN as well as other elected officials of the Association at 2023 Trianial Delegate Conference held in Omoku, Rivers State, .

SWAN lauded its National leadership for exemplary and dogged manner it has piloted the affairs of the professional body so far

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