By Ifeanyi Olannye
Delta, which has led the medal rankings since the Games began, won 114 medals – 60 gold, 26 silver and 28 bronze in the sixth edition.
Lagos State placed second with 72 medals including 19 gold, 25 silver and 28 bronze, while Edo finished third with 40 medals – 18 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze.
Okowa’s chief press secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, said in a statement issued in Asaba that the governor praised Team Delta for their commitment and determination, which has resulted in the games’ unparalleled dominance since their inception. .
Okowa said he was delighted the team not only came out on top, but surpassed their last medal record.
He congratulated the athletes, their coaches and the management of the Delta State Sports Commission for their excellent record, calling it “superb and unprecedented”.
He attributed the team’s successes to the state government’s huge investments in the sport.
He assured that the talents discovered at this year’s games would be nurtured and mentored to become future stars for the state, country and the world.
“On behalf of the government and the people of Delta, I congratulate Team Delta on making us proud once again by winning the 6th National Youth Games.
“Your continued emergence as winners of the competition is the result of our strategic planning and our huge investments in the development of the sport.
“We have continued to use sport as a unifying factor in our multi-ethnic state, and it has helped us bring young people together to pursue greater endeavors for their own good and that of our state in particular and Nigeria in general. Said the governor.
He congratulated the Federal Ministry of Sports for the organization of the Games and called for greater involvement of stakeholders in financing the development of sport in the country.
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