President Muhammadu Buhari will host Tobi Amusan, Nigerian golden athlete alongside others.
Recall that Amusan and a team of others, brought Nigeria to limelight after the just concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK, winning 35 medals.
The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare said the Presidential reception for the victorious athletes will take place on September 15, 2022 at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
Nexus News recalls that Nigeria finished the competition with 35 medals — 12 gold, 9 silver, and 14 bronze — to clinch seventh on the leaders’ table and the best-ranked African country.
Dare said the gathering is in commendation of the historic performance of the Team, “which is the best ever since 1950(72 years ago) when Nigeria first participated at the Games, which led to President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval that a special reception be held in their honour.”
According to him, the event is also part of the country’s way of appreciating the Team’s great act of sacrifice, patriotism and determination, demonstrated at the Games which has brought Nigeria into positive global focus.
The Minister restated the present regime’s allegiance to the development of sports, assuring that the Ministry on its part, will continue to create an enabling environment for sports to thrive, not just as a recreation but also as a business and means of investment.
He charged all sports loving philanthropists in the country to welcome the adopt-an-athlete initiative of the Ministry and join hands with government in the improvement of sports in Nigeria.