*Searching for budding talents from the grassroots
Ahead of Ilorin hosting the National Youth Games, Over 400 hundred up-coming athletes from the 16 local government areas will converge on Ilorin from Monday for the first All Kwara State Inter-Local Government primary schools Open athletics competition.
Participants in the two-day programme will feature in seven events including 100m, 200m, 400m, mixed relay, medley, sack race and egg race.
The Chairman of the Kwara State Athletics Association, Alhaji Tunde Abdulkareem, said the programme was conceived in line with the policy of the State government to bring back the lost glory of Sports in the State in particularly and the nation in general.
Alhaji Abdulkareem explained that all arrangements had been concluded to ensure a hitch-free competition aimed at discovering budding talents from the grassroots.
The competition will hold inside the main bowl of the State Stadium, Ilorin starting at nine o clock in the morning each day.
Important personalities have been invited to grace the occasion.
The athletes will be winning some level of cash prizes. Even parents will be expected to participate and win prizes. Kwara state also can boast of a trained and certified Kiddies Athletics coach in Biodun Adeyemi thus making the entire exercise worth the while for athletes and parents.
The Kwara experiment is also in line with the philosophy of the leadership of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) which has stated she will take the foundation back to primary and secondary schools in the nation to groom a new generation of athletes.