The first batch of the Team Nigeria contingent at the upcoming Olympic Games has left for Tokyo. The team members departed through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
The Director, Federation of Elites Athletes Department (FEAD), Simeon Ebhojiaye in a statement explained that the members include the Canoeing team – Ayomide Bello and her coach Ebenezer Ukwunna; Esther Toko and her coach Regina Enofe of Rowing event alongside Secretary-General Olubunmi Oluode.
Also in the team is the Special Adviser on Sports to the Minister, Mary Onyali; Medical crew of Dr Samuel Ogbondeminu – Okoh Joseph, Abdulsalam Shuaibu, and Ekundayo Ogunkunle.
Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, urged the sportsmen to go for Gold, work in unison, and adhere to all COVID-19 guidelines. The minister made this statement at the send-forth ceremony held in Abuja on Tuesday morning.
“The departure of the team for the Games is evidence that working in unison, we can collectively, achieve whatever we set our minds to achieve as humans,” the minister said.
He said all the athletes and officials that would feature at the Games have been severally educated on COVID-19 compliance and anti-doping instructions and urged them to adhere to the rules in order to compete safely and avoid the discomfort of COVID-19 isolation.
“In continuation of his grandiose support to the sports sector, President Muhammdu Buhari has committed enormous resources in the preparation and participation of Team Nigeria for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of this effort, Mr President would formally unveil the official Team Nigeria uniform for the Games during the presentation of the contingent to His Excellency, by the Honourable Minister,” Dare added.