The Minister of Youth and Sport Development, Mr. Sunday Akin Dare, has expressed optimism that going by the performances of the athletes at the National Trial held in Lagos, the country is hopeful of a better outing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan
The Director of Press and Public Relations of the ministry, Mohammed Manga quoted the minister at the close of the Olympic trials on Sunday at the Sports Complex of the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
According to him, “What is needed now, is more focus and determination by the athletes, coaches, technical advisers and staff so as to ensure podium appearances at the sports fiesta.
While commending the athletes for the commitment exhibited at the Trials, Mr. Dare urged them to avoid any act capable of hindering the realization of the goal of very successful outing.
“All athletes, coaches’ technical advisers and staff should shun any act capable of truncating our success at the feat”, he said.
Dare who called on the delegates to up the ante in their efforts towards making their Fatherland proud, noted that Nigeria, is among the best in the world ranking, as such he said, all hands should be on deck in the quest for laurels at the tournament.
Earlier, the President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Chief Tonobok Okowa commended the President Muhammadu-led Administration for the efforts being put together to ensure the well-being of the athletes to ensure success at Tokyo 2020
He assured that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), would do everything humanly possible to see that Nigeria records more podium appearances at the Games.