2022CWG: FG Gives Team Nigeria Heroic Welcome


The first batch of Team Nigeria athletes to the just concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham have been given a heroic welcome by the Federal Government on their arrival after their successful outing.

Receiving the athletes and their officials at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Wednesday in Abuja, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare applauded the excellent performance of the Team which led to the harvest of 35 medals, lifting the country to the 7th position on the world record of sporting countries.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar, the Minister expressed joy over their outstanding achievement, which was the first in the history of the nation.

According to him, the character and discipline exhibited by the Team in Birmingham as well as the hard work and resources committed by the present administration to sports added up to make the Team excel at the World level.

“We are proud of you. We are also ready to give you all the support needed to make you soar higher and higher,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the athletes, two-time Commonwealth gold medallist and Tokyo 2020 silver medalist, Blessing Oborodudu, thanked President Buhari for all his support to the Team, describing him as the father of sports in contemporary Nigeria.

Oborududu stated further that the athletes put in their best for the Nation because of the enormous encouragement of the Federal government and sports-loving Nigerians pledging that they will continue to do Nigeria proud in subsequent competitions by breaking new and enviable world records.

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