Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has called on authorities in charge of Nigerian sports to begin preparation for Tokyo 2020 Olympics now.
Dogara, who took stock of Nigeria’s outing at the just concluded Rio Olympic Games in Brazil, said the country should learn to embark on early preparation ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
He, however, declared that the solitary bronze medal won by Team Nigeria, at the just ended Rio Olympics Games in Brazil was worth a gold medal.
Speaking against the backdrop of happenings in sports and the Nigerian delegation to the games, Dogara noted that the downturn in the economy affected the team but praised the resilience of the Samson Siasia tutored side for braving the odds to come home with a medal.
He congratulated the team for showing true Nigerian spirit and said he will make contacts for possible reward for the team.
Dogara, who has been in the forefront of support for the team also praised, Team Nigeria for the scandal free performance even when medal expectations were not met.
“They gave their best but it may not have been good enough, so all we have to do is enjoin sports authorities to start preparing for the 2020 games in Tokyo, Japan, instead of crying over spilt milk.”
Nigeria names 23 athletes, 6 coaches for Rio Paralympics
Paralympic Committee Nigeria (PCN) in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Sports, have named 23 athletes and six coaches that would compete in the green-white -green colours of Nigeria at the forthcoming Rio 2016 Paralympic Games holding from 7-18 September in Brazil.
Media Officer of the Paralympic Committee Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Ibeh who made the list available, said Nigeria would be competing in only three sports where she has comparative advantage at the Games. The sports are Athletics, Powerlifting and Table-tennis.
Ibeh informed that six athletes made up of five females and one male would compete in athletics events, while 14 athletes (7 males and 7 females) are to take part in powerlifiting events. Table-tennis has only three athletes (2 males and 1 female) representing the country.
Competing in athletics events are Hannah Babalola, Eucharia Iyiazi, Lauritta Onye, Lovina Onyegbule, Flora Ugwunwa and Friday Aibangbe, the only male athlete while Patrick Aieto and Adekunle Adesoji are the two coaches.
Those for powerlifting include Nsini Ben, Lucy Ejike, Ndidi Nwosu, Bose Omolayo, Josephine Orji, Esther Onyema and Latifat Tijani, while Yakubu Adesokan, Roland Ezuruike, Abdulazeez Ibrahim, Nnamdi Innocent, Opeyemi Jegede, Paul Kehinde and Tolulope Taiwo are to compete in the men’s category.
The coaches are Prince Are Feyisetan, Luke Ibeh (both men) and Patience Igbiti (female).
Faith Obiorah (female), Ahmed Koleosho (male) and Emmanuel Nick (male) are those for table-tennis with Chinedu Njoku as their coach.
Secretary General of the Paralympics Committee Nigeria, Dr. Frank Thorpe who departed for Rio at the weekend ahead of the commencement of the Games has commended the Sports Ministry for not neglecting the Paralympics athletes, but providing a level playing ground for them, while the president of PCN, MondayEmoeghavwe is optimistic of the Team Nigeria’s good outing at the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games.
It would be recalled that Nigeria won 6 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals at the last Paralympic Games in London 2014.

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