Tokyo 2020: Aruna, Ejike to captain Team Nigeria – Ministry

Aruna Quadri

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau 

Veteran Table Tennis sensation,  Aruna Quadri will lead Team Nigeria to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, just as serial winner, Lucy Ejike will lead the Paralympics Team.

According to Dr. Simeon Ebhojiaye, Director FEAD in the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, the African Number One (Quadri) who became the first African to reach the quarterfinal round of the Table Tennis event at the Rio 2016 Olympics in was selected  to lead the athletes during the National Sports Federations meeting held recently in Abuja.

The 2014 World Table Tennis Player of the Year who is making his third Olympics  appearance will be assisted by the Captain of the team, Adaora Elonu.

Commonwealth Wrestling medalist, Odunayo Adekuoroye will be the Flagbearer during the opening  ceremony, while African record holder in the Long jump, Ese Brume  will bear the flag during the closing ceremony.

Lucy Ejike who will be competing in the Para Powerlifting will Captain Team Nigeria to the Paralympics  Games.

Meanwhile,  the  first batch of Team Nigeria contingent is expected to depart the country to Japan on Tuesday, July 6 while the second batch departs July 13, 2021.

For the Paralympic Games, Team Nigeria will depart on August 8, for a 14-day Pre-Games Training Camp (PGTC)  in Kisarazu.

Team Nigeria will compete in nine sports at the Olympics and four sports in the Paralympics.

Weightlifting  has been excluded following  the failure of its athletes  to meet the standard.

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