Tokyo 2020: Dare charges Team Nigeria to shun banned substances

Minister of Youth & Sports Development, Sunday Dare

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau 

To ensure they did not bring shame to their nation,  Nigerian athletes to the Tokyo 2020 have been charged to be worthy Ambassadors of the country  by competiting  clean and adhering to all COVID-19 Protocol.

This charge was made on Tuesday  in Abuja by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development,  Sunday Dare while bidding  farewell  to the First batch of athletes that departed for Tokyo, Japan through  Abuja.

“As you are all aware, the circumstances leading to the Tokyo 2020   are unusual  in many respects occasioned chiefly by the pandemic  that has ravaged the entire human race. Your departure  for this game is evidence that working in unison  we collectively achieve whatever  we set our minds to achieve as humans”, Dare charged the athletes. 

The Minister further affirmed:  “All the  athletes and officials  that would feature at the games have been  severally educated on covid-19  compliance and anti doping instructions. I urge you all to adhere  to these rules in  order to compete safely and avoid the discomfort of covid-19  isolation. I enjoin you to make the nation proud at the games by competing clean and  bring glory to   your  father’s  land.”

Meanwhile, President  will on Monday July 12,  2021 play host to Team at the where he  would hand the - bound athletes to the NOC in line with age long  tradition.

According to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development,  Sunday Dare ” We are keeping to the tradition  of Unveiling the team to the President  will in turn hand them over to the Nigerian  Olympics  committee.

The  unveiling of the official wear / equipment will be done by Mr. President. This is a  very symbolic event meant to officially sent forth the team to the games. This should also inspire the athletes and  to reinforce  the fact that the Federal Government  and the entire country  are behind them”.

The Minister commended President  Buhari for committing enormous  resources towards Team ’s  participation.

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