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NOC Targets Gold In Athletics, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Badminton In Paris Olympic Games

NOC Targets Gold In Athletics, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Badminton In Paris Olympic Games

The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has urged the Federal Government to release funds as early as possible so that Team Nigeria can commence preparation early.

In a passionate plea, the secretary-general of NOC, Mr Tunde Popoola stated that the NOC’s strategic effort is targeting athletics, wrestling, weightlifting, and badminton to break the 32-year gold medal jinx that has continued to elusive Nigeria.

Recall that Nigeria’s last Olympics gold medal was won at the Sydney 2000 Games where the nation’s 4x400m men’s team won a silver which was later converted gold by the IOC after the disqualification of the U.S. team for fielding a drug offender in the final race.


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“NOC is in charge of the Olympics and the Ministry is their partner, unlike in the past when there used to be a discretionary kind of arrangement. This strong synergy between NOC and the Ministry has made a lot of things work better and our preparations for the Paris Games are in perfect order so far.

”For the athletes, they have done so well in the various international meets, breaking and creating records; the only thing we need to do now is to sustain it through positive media reports.

“So, we are appealing to the federal government to ensure release of funds to the Ministry and to enable us to achieve desired results in Paris,’ Popoola said.

“Our strength is in athletics, wrestling and weightlifting. We also have hope for a podium finish in badminton,” Popoola added.

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