The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has announced a new rule for subsequent editions of the National Youth Games.

Barrister Dalung, while speaking at the closing ceremony of the week-long games on Saturday in Ilorin, Kwara state, said that only athletes below 15 years of age will henceforth be allowed to take part in the Youth Games going forward. 

The Minister said the new rule is to ensure that the objectives of the youth games are achieved and reduce age cheats.

“I wish to reiterate that from the 4th edition of the Games, the maximum age of athletes will be pegged at 15 years to enable us to fight age falsification and achieve the long-term objectives of the National Youth Games.

"One of the objectives of the Youth games is to create the right platform for new talents to be discovered and nurtured for future competitions. The purpose will be defeated if at the end of the games we still come out with the same old athletes.

"We will continue to put machinery in place to ensure that a sustainable program is put in place for grassroots sports development .

“The Games provide an avenue to bring the youths together under an atmosphere of friendly competition designed to enhance their potentials and all-round development".

Before this planned change, athletes as old as 17 were permitted at the Youth Games.

The Minister also reiterated the ministry's resolve to improve on the standard of the Games in future.