In its bid to spring forth new initiatives to re-define youth and sports development in the state, the Ogun state government has concluded plans to host a novel sporting competition known as the Mind Sport games.
The games which will be held in all the local government headquarters of the 20 local government areas of the state from Thursday 16th September to Wednesday 13th October 2021 to discover budding talents that will win laurels for the state at future sport festivals.
According the State Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Dr Oluwadare Kehinde at a press conference at the Ministrys conference room, Moshood Abiola Stadium, Kuto Abeokuta, explained that the games being targeted for the mind games includes Chess, Ayo and Draught which he stated are games that can help the youths of the state to have a highly sophisticated thought pattern which can help unlock any potential.
Kehinde who explained that the games is part of a series of grassroots sporting sporting events lined up for the youth of the state to discover talents that will represent the state at next year national sports festival holding in Delta state
In his remarks, Chairman, Technical Committee on Sports in the state, Prince Tunji Onatolu, said the aim of the games is to bring dividends of democracy closer to the people and to let the people in the rural area to have a feel of what sport and sport development is while also assisting the state Sport Council to discover talents that can be nurtured to maturity.
In her own remarks, the Director of Sports at the Ogun State Sports Council, Mrs. Iyabo Rotimi maintained that the primary aim of the Council is to discover budding talents and nurture them to global
prominence. She enjoined all sport lovers, particularly the teeming Youths to join the competition at their various Local Government Areas.
Dignitaries at the event includes the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Engr Olayiwola Abiodun, Director of Administration and Supply, Mr Tunji Kalejaiye,and other Directors in the Ministry.
Press Officer, Ministry of Youth and Sports