By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – About 18 secondary schools have registered to participate in the 4th YSFON Mini Sports Festival holding in Kaduna.
Addressing sports writers on Friday, the Organising Secretary, Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria, (YSFON), Malam Usman Abdulrazak, said the three day event which is meant for boys and girls would commenced from Thursday, July 4 and would be rounded off on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.
He said, already 18 schools have registered for the mini Festival strictly for Under-15 athletes, but more schools were still expected.
“Last year we had about 22 schools, so more are to come,” he added.
According to him, events to be featured during the festival include, 100m, 200m, 400m, Shot Put, Long Jump, High Jump, 400x100m, 4x400m mixed.
Other events are Chess, Scrabble, Table Tennis, Badminton and Football.
He added that events for above 15 athletes, include, 100m, 400m, 1,500m, 4x100m mixed, 4×400 mixed, Javelin and Discuss.
Fielding questions from newsmen, the YSFON Organising Secretary, said that the mini festival for the schools is an opportunity for the zone to scout and select athletes who would represent Kaduna State at the National Youth Games in Ilorin, Kwara State in 2019.
He said athletes discovered during the first, second and third Festivals were sent for further training at the Sports Foundation.
“I can tell you that one or two discovered here represented the state and was even invited to the national camp for youth national engagement.
“Again talents discovered are invited to the Coach Felix Sports Foundation. Moreover, most of them discovered here represented Kaduna State at the National Youth Games in Ilorin.
“In fact we have so much in the academy that we have to loan some to neighboring states like Katsina,” he disclosed.
In his remarks, Coach Felix, said the objective of the Foundation is to discover talents, because as they are competing we are watching and fishing them out and invite them for rigorous training, most especially because of the long vacation towards national and international competitions.
According to him, in 2018 two athletes discovered from the Foundation were invited to represent Nigeria.
“We have those who represented Kaduna State and seven represented Katsina State. Also, two of our athletes represented Kaduna state at the National Sports Festival in Abuja.”