Team Nigeria has been given a presidential send-off ahead of their participation in the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games scheduled to start on July 23, 2021.
The Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the event at the State House in Lagos on Monday.
The ceremony was to honour a tradition of the president handing over the Olympics team to the Nigeria Olympic Committee, unveiling the team and kits for the multi-sport event.
58 athletes will be representing Nigeria in the Olympic Games and 22 athletes for the Paralympic Games in various sporting disciplines.
Professor Yemi Osinbajo said, “I commend the innovative and hardworking Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, and the entire staff of the Ministry for developing these stars and enabling Nigeria to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“I’m very happy to see the very best of the best Nigerian Athletes representing Nigeria at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“58 outstanding athletes and 18 World-class coaches joining about 258 other countries of the world in the biggest and most spectacular sporting event in the world.
“We look forward to an exciting outing so that we can attain podium performances.”
“Let me assure you, Mr. President, that these Athletes will do Nigeria proud at the Olympics by representing Nigeria well,” Sunday Dare, the Sports Minister said.
“Many of them have told me personally about their determination to achieve podium success to make Nigeria proud. I have no reason to doubt their commitment. I surely wish them the best.”
The unveiling was done in Abuja by the VP of NGR, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, HM of Youths & Sports, Mr Sunday Dare and other dignitaries.
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