By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The 5th National Youth Games (NYG) after 10 days of sporting excellence, grinded to a halt at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State on Monday September 16, 2019 after garnering 41 gold, 32 silver, 3and 31 bronze medals.
Defending champions, Delta once again stole the show after dismissing early threats from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and Team Lagos, who topped the medals table on day one and day two respectively.
Team Delta bounced back on the third day to top the medals table and kept increasing their medals haul to comfortably finish on top with 104 medals.
Team Lagos who are just making a second appearance at this year’s edition after debuting last year, finished second with 22 gold 36 silver, and 14 bronze medals.
Third position was claimed by Team Bayelsa with 17 gold, 6 silver and 22 bronze medals, Akwa Ibom got 16 gold, 12 silver, 13 bronze medals and Edo State finished at the fifth spot with 13 gold, 7 silver, and 10 bronze medals.
Sixth position went to Ogun State with 9 gold, 6 silver and 17 bronze medals finished sixth, Ondo State garnered 8 gold, 9 silver and 10 bronze medals to place 7th and Oyo State won 7 gold, 17 silver and 13 bronze medals to emerge 8th.
Ninth position went to the FCT with 7 gold, 5 silver and 13 bronze medals, while Plateau State sums up the top 10 with 7 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals. Special awards presented were; Best Behaved State, Yobe State, March past, Lagos First, Delta Second and Abia Third.
Other awards are Largest Contingent, Team Delta and Best Kitted Team Akwa Ibom State.
Entertainment at the closing ceremony came from top hip hop act, Buzun Kaduna and a host of others.