The Japanese ambassador to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi has declared his support for Team Nigeria’s quest to win medals at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.
Mr. Kazuyoshi made this statement at the Badminton Hall of the Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola Stadium in Abuja while donating badminton rackets to the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) for the Nippon Badminton Association (NBA) from the Japan Embassy in Nigeria.
“I am happy to be at this special occasion, today. This is my first public outing after my arrival in Nigeria over one month now. It’s indeed great to start with a sporting event, Kazuyoshi began.
“Of course, most exciting is the fact that Nigeria is participating in the badminton event at the Olympics in the Men’s and Women’s Singles. Our desire is to support Nigeria team going to the Olympic Games in Japan”
“We will support you in ensuring effective and successful participation in all the Games. I am also looking forward to seeing Ms Eniola Bolaji at the World Para Badminton Championship in Japan this October,” he said.
BFN caretaker committee chairman, Francis Obih, commended the NBA and Japanese Embassy for their kind gesture, saying the rackets would help the federation’s desire for a successful Tokyo Olympic Games outing.
“Today is a very special day to the badminton family in Nigeria. We want to say a big thank you to the Ambassador and the NBA for the generous donation.”
He added that Dorcas Adesokan (women’s singles) and the duo of Anuoluwapo Opeyemi and Godwin Olofua (men’s double) would be flying the country’s flag at the Tokyo Olympic Games.