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Minister Visits US-bound Athletes, Team Departs On Thursday

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As preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics intensifies, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare on Monday 3rd May visited the Athletes who have been training at the Moshood National Stadium Abuja preparatory to their departure for USA on Thursday to participate in relay Qualifiers, Sportivation.com.ng reports.

While addressing the Athletes, the Minister urged them to remain focused in unity. “I have been monitoring your preparations and have met most of you personally. Whether you are Homebased or foreign based, Team Nigeria is one hence we decided to take you to the US to join others so that you can blend as a team”

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The Minister showered encomium on some athletes, saying the future is bright for Nigeria to have podium performances at the Olympics. He commended the performance of Tobi Amusan who got adopted few weeks ago and who now has the second World best time, Grace Nwokocha and Adegoke Enoch who got adopted by the Minister under the Adopt an Athlete Initiative.

While emphasizing the importance of Athletes welfare, Mr Dare revealed that the Ministry had put in place a detailed program for the Athletes where every trips, meets, Timing, accommodation is being monitored.

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The Minister urged the Athletes not to be distracted “Your job is to run and give this country the best; Focus on your training and the goal ahead and leave the administration to us. The world is waiting to see what you can do,you must meet their expectations”

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Minister Dissolves Boards of 31 Sports Federations

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In keeping with the Olympic Charter which stipulates a 4-year tenure for all Sports Federations Boards following the expiration of the tenure of the National Olympic Sports Federations, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare has dissolved l the boards and constituted Caretaker Committees, Sportivation.com.ng reports.

The Minister, who was represented by the Director of Federation, Elites Athletes Department Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Dr.

Simon Ebhojaiye stated, “Within the last 4 years, a few of the National Sports Federations Boards performed remarkably well, Having run a full Olympic cycle, the Boards of the NSFs inaugurated on 21 June 2017 are hereby dissolved to pave way for fresh elections.”

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In order to ensure continuity in the administration of the Federations, Caretaker Committees are hereby put in place to manage the affairs of the Federations until elections are conducted and the new Boards inaugurated”

Ebhojaiye further said “Mindful of the Olympic Games in July 2021, the Caretaker Committees will work assiduously towards enhancing team Nigeria participation at the Games.

The Ministry in partnership with the NOC will release in due course, the time-table for the elections into National Sports Federation Boards”

He encouraged all Nigerians with passion and interest in Sports to contribute selflessly to the development of Sports in Nigeria by indicating interest in the Membership of the various National Sports Federations.

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The Caretaker Committees for the 31 National Sports Federations will run the affairs of the Federations until the inauguration of the new Boards.

The Aquatic Federation of Nigeria Caretaker committee is headed by Babatunde Fatai William’s, Olumide George Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Francis Orbih Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Eng. Musa Kida, Basketball Federation of Nigeria, Rtd General Joseph Ayeni, Nigeria Boxing Federation, DIG Sani Sani Mohammed Nigeria Chess Federation, Professor Yahaya Ukwanya Nigeria Cricket Federation, G Masari Cycling Federation of Nigeria, Abubakar Gaya Darts Federation of Nigeria, Alhaji U Nahuche Nigeria Deaf Sports Federation, Abubakar Dangaladima Fives Federation of Nigeria, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlolola Nigeria Golf Federation, Prince Kelvin Erhurnwunse, Gymnastic Federation of Nigeria.

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Others are Samuel Ochecho Handball Federation of Nigeria, Senator Andul Ningi, Nigeria Hockey Federation, Brig Gen. Z L Abubakar, Nigeria Judo Federation, Sila Agara, Karate Federation of Nigeria, Yakubu Abubakar Kickboxing Federation of Nigeria, Arc. Adewunmi Adekunle, Nigeria Wushu Kungfu Federation, Rtd Rear Admiral Porbeni Festus, Nigeria Rowing, Canoeing and Yatching Federation, Comrade Iyorchia Grace Nigeria Rugby Federation, Suleman Gora Nigeria Scrabble Federation, Maj. General Johnny Hamakim, Nigeria Shooting Federation, Oyerinde Adeboye, Nigeria Squash Federation, Chief Tikon Ishayaku, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, Mrs Margaret Binga, Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, Akindoju Olaoye Nigeria Tennis Federation, Usman Musa Traditional Sports Federation of Nigeria, Musa Nimrod, Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Tonobok Okowa, Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, Dr Daniel Igali, Nigeria Wrestling Federation.

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Council Of Sports Recommends December 3rd- 18 For Edo sports Festival

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The Technical session of National Council on sports has recommended December 3rd 2020 for the opening ceremony of the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival, with the closing ceremony holding on Friday December 18th.

According to the communique issued at the end of the Council meeting, it was agreed that the games would open on Thursday December 3rd, opening ceremony scheduled for December 5th , closing ceremony takes place on Thursday December 17th.The competition proper is staggered in two phases from December 12th- 16th.

The communique noted” The Virtual meeting held earlier this year unanimously agreed to host the Festival this year. The Committee of Experts set up during the Virtual meeting made specific recommendations regarding the the successful organisation of the 20th National Sports Festival. It has become imperative to tinker with the modus operandi of the Festival”.

The recommendations are however subject to the buy-in of the PTF and final approval by the President and Commander in – Chief President Mohammadu Buhari.

The festival was postponed few days to the kick off due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in March.

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