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Despite all odds, Gombe State hope to make mark at the 7th National Youth Games




As the 7th National Youth Games beckons, Gombe State is probably the only participating state from the North East that will contest  for medals in just one discipline – athletics.

The Gombe State Sports Commission had trials for the Games, but the  state government did not release funds for  the anticipated contingent.

The athletics team will be featuring owing to the philanthropy of  Ahmed Shuaibu Gara Gombe who is sponsoring over 25 athletes and officials through his athletics academy.

Prince Simon Ayuba, the director of the academy and technical assistant to Alhaji Gara Gombe, told TheNiche that the gesture was to avert a total absence of the state at the games.


He was of the opinion that sending the athletics team will enable them to get the necessary exposure and to strengthen

their bond with fellow youths in the spirit of “One Nigeria’.

” We are ready to participate at the National Youth Games but not too crazy about winning medals, if medals come, we will thank God, Ayuba told TheNiche newspaper.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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