Preparation for Tokyo 2020 Olympic has began, Sports Minister says

Preparation for Tokyo 2020 Olympic has began, Sports Minister says
September 24 16:27 2019 Print This Article

The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development  Mr. Sunday Dare has said  that the preparation for the Olympic Games coming up in 2020 in Tokyo Japan starts now.

This was the charge Minister gave to the president of the badminton Federation and his board members who had paid him a courtesy call at his office on Tuesday. Dare assured that the Lottery Trust Fund will be open for preparation towards Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He appreciated the Nigerian Badminton Federation in Abuja for making Nigeria proud in winning medals at the African Games in Morocco.  

Mr. Sunday Dare promised to work with the Badminton Federation to ensure that all athletes are adequately trained ahead of their participation at the 2020 Olympic. He assured the Federation that the Ministry will create an Athlete Funds Grant for athletes, stressing that athletes should be constantly trained to enable them compete with their counterparts  in the world.

The Minister  expressed satisfaction with the recently concluded 5th Edition of the National Youth Games in Ilorin, adding that he was impressed with a twelve year old boy playing Badminton with so much passion, ‘’there is need for Government to start catching them young, to prepare them for future performance he admonished.’’ 

In his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Olusade Adesola expressed satisfaction with the Medals won by the Badminton Federation, which he said grew from grass to grace. Mr. Adesola commended their efforts and praised them for their bond which has kept them together without rancor which is the secret of their success. 

Earlier in his response, President Nigerian Badminton Federation, Mr.  Francis Orbih thanked the Honourable Minister for the audience granted them, while also intimating the Minister of the achievements of the federation so far.

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