Minister of Sports, Dr. Tammy Danagogo has hailed the performance of double gold medallist, Blessing Okagbare as well as other medalists in Team Nigeria for making the country proud at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, describing them as pride of the Nigerian nation.
Danagogo particularly praised Okagbare for making history by becoming the first Nigerian to win double sprint gold medals in the Commonwealth Games, his Special Assistant on Media, Patrick Omorodion disclosed.
“Okagbare has shown that with determination you can achieve your dream in whatever endeavour you set out for yourself. She has been consistent over the years and has remained focused despite missing the ultimate medal in some competitions before now,” he said.
“I want to congratulate all other gold medalists, as well as those who won silver and bronze for their effort as well and hope that they will build on their successes in Glasgow for future competitions especially as we begin preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil,”Dr. Danagogo stressed.
He equally commended the governors of Delta State and Bayelsa State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson for their relentless support for their state athletes who represent Nigeria at international sports competition.
“The governments of Delta and Bayelsa State and their Governors Dr. Uduaghan and Hon. Dickson in particular must be commended for their consistent support for athletes who have gone ahead to represent our country at international events.
Governor of Delta state was here (Glasgow) to support his athletes. So also was the Governor of Bayelsa who came to personally support the wrestlers who are from his state.
They have been doing tremendously in the area of sports development and I urge other State governors, corporate bodies and well-meaning Nigerians to support the government by picking athletes or sports to support like these Governors are doing.
I have said oftentimes that the federal government cannot do it all alone. Individuals, corporate organizations and even State governments should come in to assist like Dr. Uduaghan and Hon. Dickson have been doing over the years.
Their efforts have yielded dividends with the performance of Okagbare and our wrestlers in Glasgow.
The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio is next and the earlier we begin serious preparations, the better for our athletes.
If they get support and train adequately, we will be sure of making an impact in Rio like our athletes are doing here in Glasgow,” he stressed.