Towards Team Nigeria achieving podium success at the Olympics and Paralympics Games in Japan, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has finalized arrangements for the camping of home-based athletes.
According to the schedule for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, 10 sports events will be camped in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Bayelsa from Monday, 24 May, 2021.
According to the Director, Federation of Elites Athletes Department, Dr Simeon Ebhojiaye, “with just days to the official commencement of the Tokyo Olympics, our countdown commences on May 24, 2021 with camps for the home-based athletes in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Bayelsa where athletes are expected to intensify their readiness for podium success in Tokyo. We are also closely monitoring the performances of the foreign based athletes”.
Dr Ebhojiaye further added, “Abuja will play host to Athletics, Canoeing, Rowing, Weightlifting, Para-Athletics and Taekwondo, Lagos host Para-Powerlifting and Para-Table Tennis, Wrestling is camped in Bayelsa with Badminton in Port Harcourt”.
He affirmed that Nigeria decided to participate in only ten events where she has competitive advantage.
This exercise is a fulfillment of the Ministry’s promise to organise a 90-day Olympics camping. The first phase camping held for 14 days in March.This is the longest camping ever organised for the Olympics which is expected to lead to medal-haul in Tokyo.