The Nation (Nigeria)

Buhari asks Team Nigeria to repeat Atlanta ‘96 feat

- From Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

PMuhammadu Buhari has charged the Nigerian contingent­s to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to replicate the performanc­es of past Nigerian Olympians.

The President, who spoke yesterday at the send-forth ceremony and unveiling of the official outfit for the team, held at the Presidenti­al Villa, Abuja, also encouraged the Nigerian contingent­s, saying “you stand on the shoulders of giants.”

Represente­d at the ceremony by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), and the President Recalled the exploits of past Nigerian teams, saying “you will also carry with you the encouragem­ent of the great exploits of Nigerian Olympians before you.”

The event also marked the FORRESIDEN­T mal handover of the Nigerian contingent to the Nigeria Olympic Committee and the unveiling of the team’s official outfit and kit.

Buhari reminded the team of legends like: “Chioma Ajunwa who won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics for the long jump and became the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a field event.

“You stand on the shoulders of giants and with the quality and intensity of training you have received and your exploits during the qualificat­ion series for the Olympic Games, I am confident that by God’s grace, you will again make history and beat the best in the world.”

Urging the team to promote the Olympian ideals, President Buhari said: Olympics is about fair play, honesty, teamwork, respect, and friendship. I trust that you will, as worthy ambassador­s of Nigeria, represent our nation excellentl­y.”

At the ceremony were Federal Lawmakers, officials of the Japanese Embassy in Nigeria, 45 athletes and their coaches, officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Developmen­t, as well as the Nigeria Olympic Committee, among others.

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