The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has called on Team Nigeria for the 2020 Olympic Games to make the nation proud at the games by competing safely and clean, to avoid the discomfort of COVID-19 so as to bring glory to their Fatherland.
Mr. Dare made this call today in his office at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja during the send-forth ceremony of the first batch of Team Nigeria to 2020 Olympics Games.
“All the athletes and officials that would feature at the Games have been severally educated on COVID-19 compliance and anti-doping instructions. I urge you all to adhere to these rules in order to compete safely and avoid the discomfort of COVID-19 isolation”, he said.
The Minister who stated further that the Nigeria contingent are scheduled to move to Tokyo in 4 batches, added that the first batch of Team Nigeria would depart from Abuja today to Kizarazu city in Japan for the Pre-Games training camp before moving into the Olympic village.
Earlier in his remarks, the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Matsunaga Kazuyoshi, said that Japan hosting the Olympic Games, is a good opportunity for many Japanese to feel closer to Nigeria, being the Giant of Africa, and he hopes that Team Nigeria will win more medals in the Games.
The President, Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr. Habu Gumel, expressed optimism that the Nigeria contingent will record more medals at the Games. He assured that the officials will do everything humanly possible to ensure the welfare and comfort of the athletes in order to justify the resources that government invested on them.
He added that about 58 Nigerian Athletes are expected to participate in nine sporting activities at the Olympic Games.