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  • Updated: May 03, 2021

Sports Minister Visits US-bound Athletes, Team’s Departure Date Set

Sports Minister Visits US-bound Athletes, Team’s Departure

As preparations for the  Tokyo 2020 Olympics intensifies, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare on Monday visited the athletes who have been training at the Moshood National Stadium Abuja preparatory to their departure for USA on Thursday to participate in relay Qualifiers.

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While addressing the athletes, Dare urged them to remain focused in unity.  "I have been  monitoring  your preparations and have met most of you personally.

“Whether you are Homebased or foreign based, Team Nigeria is one hence  we  decided to take you to the US to join others  so that you can blend  as a team."

The  Minister showered  encomium on some athletes, saying the future is bright for  Nigeria to have  podium performances at the Olympics.

He commended the performance of Tobi Amusan who got adopted not long ago and who now has the second World best  time,  Grace Nwokocha and Adegoke Enoch who got adopted by the Minister under the Adopt an Athlete Initiative. 

While emphasizing the importance of Athletes welfare, Dare revealed that the Sports Ministry had put in place a detailed program for the athletes where every trips,  meets, timing, accommodation is being  monitored.

He urged the athletes not to be distracted  "Your job is to run and give this country the best; Focus on your training and the goal ahead and leave the administration to us.

“The world is waiting to see what you can do. You must meet their expectations."

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