Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare on Sunday, March 14, 2021 disclosed that Nigeria’s Tokyo Olympics-bound team has been “silently” beefing up plans for the Games.
Dare, who stated this at a two-day meet event organised by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), said not all preparatory plans were being made public.
“Preparations are on-going at various levels, but some of these will not make it to the pages of the newspapers and the media and it’s deliberate too.
“We have several plans running almost concurrently too, for our foreign-based athletes and home-based athletes. But not all of these will be in the newspapers.
”And just this last week, eight other Olympic-bound athletes were adopted too and you know what that means. That’s a plus. We had five or six adopted before COVID-19 last year. It became a bit difficult after COVID-19, because it took so long because people lost a lot of money and revenue.
”But just last week we had about eight adopted, bringing the total to about 15. We hope that we can adopt about 40 of them to make a difference.”
He stressed that the two-day meet was very important as preparations are being beefed up ahead of the Olympics.
The minister noted that he was happy that young athletes were being very enthusiastic as they were all trying to set personal best records with excitement and a higher level of competitiveness.
According to The Nation, he said holding the 2020 National Sports Festival (NSF) would be his greatest moment, adding that it would be great for the country’s sporting sector and would help boost plans toward the Olympics in July.