Sports minister Solomon Dalung has urged athletes preparing for the Commonwealth Youth Games scheduled to hold in Nassau, Bahamas, in July to work hard for success in the competition.
Dalung, who visited the athletes at the Package B Hostel, National Stadium, Abuja, on Saturday, urged them to believe in themselves.
The minister said, “I came here to encourage you and to see how you all are faring in camp.
I’m aware that you have already spent one month and will be leaving for the Commonwealth Youth Games soon. I want you to believe in yourselves because self-confidence will help you not only in your careers as athletes but also in life.
I urge you to be the best that you can to lift your careers and also win laurels not only for yourselves but for our country.
I want to assure you that all your camp allowances will be paid in time without complaints but to whom much is given, much is also expected.” The captain of the team Knowlege Omovoh commended Dalung for the visit, saying it had boosted their morale.
Nigeria will be represented by 26 athletes taking part in swimming, athletics, beach volleyball, cycling, boxing, tennis and judo.