Tokyo Olympics: Buhari to host Team Nigeria Monday

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday host members of Team Nigeria to the Tokyo Olympics at the Presidential Villa before the final batch of the contingent departs for the Games.

Dare disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja at a brief send-forth ceremony for the first batch of the team that left for Japan.

He said the contingent, which would leave in four batches, would be formally “sent forth” by the President on Monday, as is the tradition.

The minister explained that the ceremony would also afford the President the opportunity of officially handing over Team Nigeria to the Nigeria Olympic Committee in line with age-long tradition.

Team Nigeria, comprising of 58 athletes and 22 coaches, will compete in nine sports at the Tokyo Olympics.

The first batch of Team Nigeria comprising athletes, coaches and other officials in canoeing, rowing and table tennis departed Abuja for Japan on Tuesday.

The second batch comprising those in athletics, taekwondo and wrestling will depart on July 13.

The third batch is those in gymnastics and badminton and will leave on July 17.

The last batch comprising members of the male and female basketball teams will depart on July 19.




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