The Team Delta trials for the National Youth Games (NYG) was held in Asaba on the 18th and 19th August, 2018. The trials is aimed at selecting the athletes that will be eligible for camp in preparation for the 2018 Ilorin NYG holding from the 7th – 17th September, 2018 in Ilorin, Kwara state Nigeria.
In a desire to develop grassroot sports, the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Youth and Sport, and the Sports Federation organizes the annual National Youth Games as an event to discover budding talent that can be groomed.
The number of sports that will feature in the 2018 Games which started in 2013 in Abuja has increased to 32 and Darts will be featuring in the National Youth Games for the first time.
The Delta State trials featured 32 sports with 20 children (under 15) invited for each sport. Eight children per sport comprising 4 boys and 4 girls shall be selected to camp thereeafter 2 boys and girls will make the final team to the Ilorin event.
Mr. Tuoyo Toju, Delta State Darts head coach Spoke with ASENTV.TV,
” The response for darts is tremendous and we had more than 30 children from various schools from all over the state fighting very hard to meet the selection criteria. We initially asked schools to give us 2 children per schools and some had insisted in offering up to 4 because of the enthusiasm and keen interest demonstrated by the students. With this, we are hopeful to take darts to all the schools in Delta state in the nearest future. We are confident that we will have a good outing at Ilorin”.
Team Delta won the third edition of the National Youth Games (NYG), after winning 22 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze medals.
Team Akwa Ibom came second with 16 gold, 15 silver and 15 bronze medals, while Ondo State finished third with 12 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze medals.
Host Kwara which finished third 2016 with 8 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze medals dropped one place to fourth with 10 gold, 10 silver and 9 bronze medals.