Nigeria Pillar Of Sports, Chief Donatus Agu Ejidike has charged athletes and officials participating in the National Youth Games on going in Ilorin, Kwara State, to put up their best performances and raise the standards at the games.
He made this charge during a telephone chat from his Ilorin base.
"I commend the organisers of the games and say this is a good step in the right direction, "he noted.
" This youth games should be seen as a platform to unearth fresh and younger talents for the country. Therefore, I want to implore the athletes and officials participating in the games to raise the ante and produce top class performances in line with Olympic Games standards, "Ejidike who also doubles as the President of the Nigeria Karate Federation urged.
Speaking further, the sports philanthropist revealed his satisfaction on the news that Karate will be one of the sports at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Adding that with the improvement of Karate in Nigeria and the growing enthusiasm of the sport, he believes the country would be well represented in Japan.
"I am optimistic that Nigeria would be well represented at the next Olympic games in Japan. Towards that, Nigeria Karate Federation have mapped out plans to organise various tournaments and refresher trainings for the athletes and officials ahead of African and global championships, particularly, the next Olympic games, "he enthused.