Taraba state athlete, Umar Abubakar, has won the first medal for Taraba state at the ongoing National Youth games taking place in Ilorin, Kwara state.
The dogged Umar Abubakar got the gold in Taekwondo.
Taraba athletes who had a poor preparation for the games remain hopeful of medals in areas they have a stronghold, like Badminton, wrestling, athletics and Lawn tennis.
Meanwhile, Taraba athletes are facing a lot of challenges which ranges on the lack of kit for training for the games.
Some athletes are also finding it difficult to eat the meal prepared from the central feeding arrangement which excludes officials at the games.
Our correspondent following the games stated that in the past, the central feeding encompassed both athletes and officials but wondered why officials had been excluded this term.
He emphasized that Nigeria might be passing through an economic recession but it should not take its toll on the games, as it is an avenue to groom young talents for the future, hence the need to expose and get it right at this level.
More on Taraba contingent at the National Youth Games, tomorrow!