The upgrade and revamp of sports facilities in the country will be the priority of the Ministry of Youth and Sports this year.

Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung gave the hint while speaking on prospects of youth development in 2019.

Dalung stated that Nigerian athletes will do better in the new year if facilities needed for training are upgraded.

"Infrastructural update should be cardinal in 2019. We must fix the National Stadium in Surulere Lagos. If we fix the place, you cannot imagine the number of young people that will be employed as a result and it will improve the economy of Lagos state.

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"I have not given up on the renovation of the National Stadium because we are still running a concession process. We only have some budgetary constraints but we have included the final phase in the budget of 2019. Once the budget is passed, we will pick up again because for me, one of the things that I'm determined to do before I leave office is to ensure the conclusion of the concession of some of these projects so that we can move the private sector to invest and transform it"

Dalung added that the Ministry will prepare athletes ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

"Development of athletes, training and retraining of athletes in preparation for the 2020 Olympics is a priority in 2019. Competition for qualification by National Federations is also a priority in 2019", he said.


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