The Lagos State Taekwondo Association, in its bid to get the best athletes that will represent the state at the upcoming National Youth Games scheduled for Ilorin, Kwara State, north central Nigeria, held a one-day trial.
The 6th National Youths Games will hold in Ilorin from 10th – 20th October, 2021.
The trial was held to select the best among the athletes from different local governments and clubs in the state, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere on Wednesday.
The event was officiated by international referees from the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation. Newsbreak reports that no fewer than 30 boys and 35 girls were in attendance to compete in four weight categories: 33kg and 59kg for girls, while, the boys competed in 33kg and 53kg.
Meanwhile, Team Lagos has continued its dominance of Southwest sports competitions by qualifying to represent the zone in six team sports at the recently held elimination event ahead of National Youth Games hosted by Oyo State.
Receiving the Team Lagos on arrival from Ibadan at the Alagomeji Train Terminal in Yaba, the Director-General, Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Oluwatoyin Gafaar, commended all members of the team for their impressive performance the event.
He said: “The results at the Zonal Elimination in Ibadan are not bad. We are happy that you came first among the participating teams”.
“For the forthcoming National Youth Games proper in Ilorin, we are ready and we just need to improve. We are going to start our preparation in earnest. We really want to thank Mr. Governor for the interest he has shown for sports in Lagos State, through his immense support to the Commission and athletes”. He added.
Team Lagos, which came tops at the elimination event, will participate in Male Handball, Hockey and Rugby as well as in Female Football, Volleyball and Handball sports at the youth games
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Sports Commission has kicked off the last phase of the Lagos Sports Summer Camp at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, with 120 children participating in 60% Sports and 40% soft skills during the weeklong event.