Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has called for the replacement of “recycled athletes” as the Ministry of Sports draws the curtain on this year’s National Youth Games in Ilorin today.The 2017 National Youth Games, which was held at the University of Ilorin, is the 3rd edition and featured over 5,000 athletes from 31 states of the nation.In a press release by Nneka Ikem Anibeze, SA to the Minister on media, Dalung said: “We have continued to recycle athletes over decades and now they have reached their peak.”The closing ceremony witnessed the handover of newly discovered talents to various National Sports Federations for proper development and monitoring by the Talent Identification Committee, a committee made up of grassroots coaches, ex-internationals, and technical officials.“We need to replace or augment with younger athletes so that as the older ones are slowing down with age, the next generation can understudy and step into their shoes.” the Minister added.The Minister also hinted that intensive training of the discovered talents will begin in earnest as Nigeria prepares for next year’s Africa Youth Games and the World Youth Olympics, in Algiers, Algeria and Buenos Aires, Argentina respectively. RelatedAUDIO: Sports Minister Charges Team Nigeria To Dominate African Wrestling ChampionshipsNovember 28, 2017In “Africa”Sports Ministry Promise Facelift of Lagos StadiumJanuary 5, 2019In “Nigeria”2017 Commonwealth Youth Games: Nigeria To Be Represented By Two Athletes In NassauJuly 20, 2017In “Sports”
John Madden left “Monday Night Football” for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” after the 2005 season. Disney/ESPN/ABC still hasn’t found a successor who can engage and inform as well as he could.Tony Romo is the closest thing to Madden at the moment, which is why it wasn’t a surprise to see a report Sunday by Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy that the Four-Letter Network is ready to offer Romo a record eight-figure contract to jump from CBS in the spring. For that kind of money, the “MNF” gig would have to be in play. So would a potential Super Bowl assignment should Disney secure rights to a game. The former Cowboys quarterback is about to become a prized free agent after three seasons as CBS’s top NFL game analyst, paired with play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz. Romo has shown an unparalleled ability to read in real time what plays teams are about to run, and his on-air enthusiasm remains high, though not as manic as when he started, and sounds genuine.Romo’s all-around game would allow him to clear a relatively low post-Madden “MNF” analyst bar: Joe Theismann, Tony Kornheiser, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden, Jason Witten and Anthony “Booger” McFarland have served in the role since Madden’s departure. McFarland occupies it at the moment alongside PBP announcer Joe Tessitore. Those are all serious football/journalism people, but only Gruden’s personality in the booth approached Madden’s.The “MNF” production in recent years has been an exercise in distracting viewers from the fact it no longer gets the best prime-time matchups; NBC does for its Sunday night team of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. Romo would add buzz to the series as a modern Madden. Can he add enough new eyeballs to justify the money, though? It appears ESPN is desperate to find out. MORE: Former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson receives HOF news on live TVAccording to McCarthy’s sources, ESPN would increase Romo’s annual salary to between $10 million and $14 million. The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reported last week that Romo is making just over $3 million a year on his expiring CBS deal.