National Youth Games: Fasuba pledges reward for Ekiti Gold medalists

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Nigerian sprints legend Olusoji Fasuba has promised to provide cash compensation for every Gold medalist that emerges from Ekiti State at this year’s National Youth Games in Ilorin.

Fasuba – who himself hails from Ekiti – has, in fact, pledged to provide a ₦120,000 grant to any Ekiti athlete (male or female) that emerges 100m champion at the coming Games.

The former World Indoor Champion says he is looking to motivate the young athletes that will form the contingent of the south-western state — some of whom are already being bankrolled by him — to go all out for glory at the Games. Part of the cash rewards he intends to dole out is a sum of ₦15,000 to every Ekiti athlete that bags Gold at the competition.

Being a sprinter himself – in fact, a renowned one on the continent having held the African 100m record (9.85s) for 15 years before it was broken earlier this year – Fasuba promises even more rewards for the new crop of 100m athletes who will represent the state at the Games. He’s vowed to compensate any Ekiti athlete who manages to clinch 100m Gold (men or women’s category) with a ₦10,000-a-month grant payable over the course of one year (120,000 naira in total). Simply put, should the 100m Gold in the men and women’s category both go to Ekiti, the victorious athletes will get ₦120,000 each, that is, ₦240,000 in total can be won.

Ekiti placed 16th on the final medal standings in the last edition of the Games in 2019 with 11 medals (three Gold, two Silver, and six Bronze medals).

The 2021 National Youth Games will get underway with an opening ceremony at the University of Ilorin stadium’s main bowl this Friday, October 15.

The competition was initially scheduled to commence on Sunday, October 10, but it had to be postponed by five days due to late arrival of several contingents.

3,926 young athletes from across several states of the federation will be competing at the Games this year – a few more than the total number of participating athletes in the last edition in 2019.

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