Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged the Nigerian staff to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to place of their finest as they symbolize the hopes and aspirations of thousands and thousands of Nigerians.
Osinbajo made the decision on Monday on the send-off ceremony for Workforce Nigeria, formal handover of the Nigerian contingent to the Nigeria Olympic Committee and unveiling of the staff’s official equipment.
The occasion was held on the State Home Convention Corridor, Abuja.
The vice chairman advised the athletes that their efficiency on the match can be a chance to immortalise themselves.
He mentioned, “I’m delighted to welcome right here right this moment the easiest of the most effective Nigerian Athletes. the good Nigerian staff to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics; 58 excellent athletes and 18 world-class coaches.
“When the Video games start on July 23, you’ll, as Workforce Nigeria, be becoming a member of different athletes from over 210 nations and territories of the world within the greatest and probably the most spectacular sporting occasion on the planet – the Olympic Video games.
“Each one in every of you collaborating within the video games is opening a web page in historical past for your self, your households, your neighborhood and the nation.
“Your efficiency on the video games will inscribe your names in nationwide and world sporting historical past; you carry the hopes and aspirations of thousands and thousands as you compete in Tokyo.
“However you’ll on this endeavor have the reassurance of the prayers and finest needs of all Nigerians.”
The vice chairman implored the staff to be motivated by the good exploits of former Nigerian Olympians.
He cited Chioma Ajunwa who gained the gold medal on the 1996 Olympics for the lengthy soar and have become the primary black African girl to win an Olympic gold medal in a subject occasion.
Osinbajo additionally made reference to the Nigerian Olympic soccer staff that gained gold at Atlanta 96.
“That was the 12 months we defeated the world finest footballing nations, Argentina and Brazil and all of us held our heads excessive.
“And for anybody who thinks we’re joking perhaps they haven’t seen our exhibition basketball sport on Saturday with the USA staff particularly that incredible block by Valuable Achiuwa in opposition to KD Kevin Durant who might be the most effective participant within the NBA proper now.
“So, Valuable, you’re the actual MVP.
“And within the 12 months 2000 in Sydney, once more we beat the most effective on the planet.
“We gained the gold in 4 × 400 metres relay after the American staff was disqualified for utilizing performance-enhancing medicine, that was the staff which had Clement Chukwu, the late Sunday Bada, Enefiok Udo-Ubong, Jude Monye, and two different members of the staff Fidelis Gadzama and Nduka Awazie.”