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Tokyo 2020: NFF Congratulates, Dare, Sports Ministry

Tokyo 2020:  NFF Congratulates, Dare, Sports Ministry

The Nigeria Football Federation has felicitated with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the person of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare on Nigeria’s outing at the 32nd Olympics which ended in Tokyo, Japan few days ago.

Nigeria earned one silver and one bronze medals from the Games, with a slew of promising performances as a number of athletes reached the final of their events. For the first time since 1996, a Nigerian athlete was in the final of the glamour event of the Games – the men’s 100m sprint. Young hurdler Oluwatobiloba Amusan narrowly missed netting a medal as she finished fourth in the women’s high hurdles final.

“The Nigeria contingent may not have returned with the harvest of medals that many hoped for, but there are bright lights all around and some brilliant individual performances that give hope for the next Games in Paris. At the end of the day, the silver and bronze medals earned in Tokyo make the just-ended Olympics Nigeria’s best outing in 13 years. That is commendable.

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“The Sports Minister, in his personal capacity, and the Ministry of Sports as a body worked their socks off. The Honourable Minister was exemplary; he explained, encouraged and empathized with the athletes as necessary and led the cheer at most of the venues where Nigerian athletes competed.

“He is such a wonderful breath of fresh air from the immediate Minister of Sports who rather constituted himself into a bulwalk and divisive force against Nigerian athletes at the last Olympics in Brazil. We do not wish to recall his inglorious remarks against the football team when the team was camping in the USA. That football team eventually ended up winning Team Nigeria’s only medal – a bronze – at the Games.”

Pinnick was particularly delighted at the performance of multi-talented Ese Brume, who won the women’s long jump: “I am happy for Ese (Brume) because I played a role in her discovery and nurturing. I am fulfilled at her career progression and I believe she will be there in Paris in three years’ time to win the gold medal.

“I also pledge that our football teams will return to the Games in three years’ time in Paris and compete favourably for the gold

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  • 2 medals to you is like winning the world cup where tiny countries such as ireland won more medals by concentrating in the areas where they thrive best.

  • pompei 3 years ago

    Solo the great.
    He came, he saw, he dabaru everything.
    Hehehehehe, one can only laugh now at stories of Mikel bankrolling the football team, saving them out of embarrassing situations, while Solo was busy directing athletes to “find their way to Rio”. Some athletes even set up GO FUND ME pages, begging for public assistance!
    Anyhoo, only 2 people in this pic should receive congratulations. Abi should we also congratulate officials for gross incompetence that led to 10 athletes being disqualified from the games? I wonder how Okagbare is coping with the massive disappointment. And all the other athletes who’s dreams went up in smoke. After athletes have struggled and managed to win medals in spite of the administrative lapses galore, officials will now come to pose for yeye picture after food don ready.
    Do your job right, and you will have the gratitude and appreciation of the masses, even if we have no medals to show.

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