There was pandemonium after a gate collapsed on a female athlete at the opening ceremony of the 7th National Youth Games (NYG) in Asaba, Delta State.
The event was declared open by President Tinubu Ahmed Tinubu, who was represented by the minister of sports development, Senator John Owan Enoh on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
The was joined by the host governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori and other top government officials
However, shortly after the commencement of the opening ceremony, a gate to the main bowl of the stadium collapsed on a middle-aged woman said to be one of the athletes.
The victim, SaharaReporters gathered was immediately rushed in an ambulance to a yet-to-be-disclosed medical facility within the capital city.
According to eyewitness accounts, the condition of the victim could not be handled by medical personnel at the clinic stationed at the stadium for the ongoing National Youth games.
Last week before the commencement of the National Youths Games in Asaba, the state capital, some Delta State athletes camped for the National Youth Games (NYG) had protested against what they termed “poor feeding conditions, poor water and electricity supply as well as unhygienic environment” in their camp in Delta State.
The young males and females athletes who are between the ages of 10 to 20 had accused the chairman of the state Sports Commission, Tonobok Okowa, and officials of the commission of taking advantage of them to amass wealth saying he never bothered about their welfare, especially in the areas of good food, water and electricity supply in their camp.
The athletes had also accused the commission’s chairman, Tonobok Okowa, who is the younger brother to the immediate past governor of the state, Ifeanyi Okowa and one Festus Owhojero, director of Audit department of awarding the cooking contracts in the athletes camps and supply of other consumable items to their sisters, wives, relations and girlfriends.