Minister Charges Athletes To Set Sights On Medals In Tokyo 2020


The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare, has heaped praises on young Nigerian athletes who created new personal records at the Evaluation Programme of the Atheletics  Federation of Nigeria which took place at the Federal University of Technology  Akure, Ondo state last weekend.
While commending the impressive  performances  of the athletes, he assured Nigerians that the  much postponed National sports Festival will hold in  Edo state in April, 2021.
The Minister assured that discussions, negotiations and preparations are ongoing  to ensure that the Sports Festival takes place.
He  charged the young athletes who excelled  at the event to do their best to surpass the feats of renowned  athletes  like Chioma Ajunwa, Falilat Ogunkoya, Mary Onyali among others by also winning medals  at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“It is my greatest desire that the Sports Festival holds this year in the interest of Nigeria sports development. It is going to be a great factor that will determine our performance at the Olympic games in July.
“We seek the cooperation of the presidential Task Force on Covid-19, the Edo State Government, the Health Ministry and the NCDC in making this dream a reality.
“We hope and pray that nothing will shift  the festival from April as planned. The performance of the young athletes gives me great hope of a bright future. We will support them to sustain the tempo so that they can reach their peak at the Olympics and win medals for our country,” the Minister assured.

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