The minister of youth and sports development, Mr Sunday Dare, has disclosed that the first batch of Team Nigeria contingent to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will depart the country on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
The team will leave Nigeria and arrive in Kisarazu, a city in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, ahead of the delayed summer Games. The minister made this announcement during the meeting of the National Sports Federations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Monday.
Team Nigeria’s contingent to the Olympic games comprising 61-athletes will depart for the Olympics in two batches. The minister also gave a breakdown of the events Team Nigeria would participate in, with a charge to the athletes and officials to make the country proud.
“For the Olympic Games, the first batch of the athletes are scheduled to depart for Kisarazu on July 6, 2021, while the second batch departs on July 13, 2021. The Paralympic Teams will depart in one batch on August 8, 2021,” Dare said.
“As at today, Nigeria has qualified 61 athletes across nine sports for the Olympics and 22 athletes in four sports for the Paralympic Games, which are athletics-22, badminton-3, basketball-24, canoe sprint-1, gymnastic-1, rowing-1, taekwondo-1, tableTennis-1, wrestling-1, to bring the total to 61,” he concluded.
The multisports event did not hold last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. It has been rescheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021.