From ANDRE D. BISYIT
IN an effort to ensure excellent performance by the Plateau State athletes at the ongoing National Youths Games holding in Ilorin, Kwara State, the Plateau State has paid them all their allowances.
Mr Simon Moven, Director of Sports disclosed that while addressing them in their camp on Thursday.
The Director stated that “I want to inform you about your welfare, as we earlier told you in Jos, government has fulfill its promise by paying all your allowances and anyone that is not given his allowance should complain to the Director of Technical Services”, he said.
He urged them not to disappoint the state by winning models.
Also, Mrs. Dorcas Lengkat, Director of technicals, enjoin the athletes to always meet the right authorities when they face any health challenges.
“For those of you who are hoping for medals should push a little harder to enable you win”, she ended.
Meanwhile, Plateau has amassed 3 gold medals on day 6 of they tournament.
The first gold came through the effort of John Emmanuel in the 10km Individual Time Trails and Anita Ayuba settled with a silver all in Cycling race in the same event and distance.
The second Gold was claimed by Bokga Luka in the 55kg fight in Kokowa, when he brushed aside his Delta rival to emerge winner after defeating his opponent from Katsina in the semi finals.
The story was not the same for his female colleague Plangnan Peter in the 50kg contest who lost in the quarter final to Kogi , but claimed glory in the third place match against Bayelsa to secure bronze.
In Scrabble, Joy Ola ensured Plateau secure its third Gold medal of the day in the female singles before Hauwa Abdullahi, in the same event, added silver medal to the kitty.
In Golf, Nantap Daniel settled for bronze in the females singles, Stroke Play and Plateau male Volleyball team progressed to the next match after winning their second match in a row, with a 2-0 defeat to Imo. The junior Rocks will face Osun in their third match of the Games.
In Basketball, Plateau male team dominated Ogun state with a lot of 3 pointers to settle their difference with a 19 – 13 white-wash.
However, Hockey continued to struggle as they loss 1-0 to Ogun before securing a slim 1-0 win against Imo.
However, the total number of medals won so far now stands at 3gold, 2Silver and 4bronze.