We Are Not In Tokyo For Show – Sports Minister

By Lekan Sowande.

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has affirmed that Team Nigeria are not in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for show, but to win laurels for the country by competing clean and win medals.

Dare made the statement at a brief ceremony organised by Ethiopian Airlines to send Team Nigeria off, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport in Abuja.

“We are grateful to the Federal Government, Corporate Nigeria and all those who supported Team Nigeria by adopting our athletes,” Dare said. “I want Nigerians to wish team Nigeria the very best as we  compete with the very best in the world at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“205 countries with over 11,000 Athletes from around the world validates the Olympics as the biggest sporting event in the world.”

“The fact that we have a team of 58 athletes that qualified to participate, some of whom are the very best in their events shows that this country is going to Tokyo not just to show up but to compete clean and win medals,” Dare added.

“We thank Ethiopian Airlines for successfully air lifting our Team and hope that we shall have cause to celebrate when we return with medals,” Dare added.

“So my message is: best wishes Team Nigeria, above all we need  the prayers of Nigerians so that the athletes compete excellently, cleanly and win medals and bring glory to our Nation.”

In her remarks, Ethiopian Airlines Abuja Manager Senait Ataklet said: “We are proud to be associated  with Team Nigeria as the official  Airline. We wish the team best of luck and look forward  to receiving  you when you return  from Tokyo with medals.”

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