Nigeria’s Minister for Youth and Sports activities Improvement, Hon. Sunday Dare, has careworn that Nigeria went by way of an exhaustive course of to scientifically analyse and decide the 9 sports activities that will fly the flag of the nation on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham.
In a chat with newsmen in Abuja, the Minister mentioned, “We’re placing our greatest foot ahead and we determined that primarily based on restricted assets and really scientific evaluation, we might wish to leverage on the sports activities during which now we have our sports activities women and men amongst the highest 10 or 15 on this planet.
“If in a selected sport we’re 128th on this planet and the purpose of going to the Commonwealth Video games is for podium efficiency and never rehearsals, we received’t go the place we’re ranked that low. We introduced out all of the statistics and crunched the numbers to select the sports activities we’re sturdy in, so we’re going with a smaller group, however to compete in an enormous manner”.
Nigeria can be competing in Athletics, Wrestling, Boxing, Karate, Desk Tennis, Weightlifting, Para-athletics, Para-powerlifting and Para-table tennis.
Amongst others, medal prospects embrace World no. 11 in Desk Tennis Aruna Quadri, reigning African Video games Desk Tennis champion, Omotayo Olajide alongside 2022 African Desk Tennis Cup finalist, Fatima Bello, Esther Oribamise and Ajoke Ojomu.
In Athletics, African 100m Wowen’s hurdle file holder, Oluwatobiloba Amusan, Nationwide 100m champion, Favour Ashe, Africa’s second quickest ladies’s 200m sprinter Favour Ofili, World U-20 200m Champion, Udodi Onwuzurike are a couple of of the medal prospects for the nation.
In Wrestling, Commonwealth champions, Blessing Oborududu and Odunayo Adekuoroye symbolize enormous threats to opponents of their completely different weight lessons.
These amongst different immensely proficient athletes can be vying to do Nigeria proud in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8 2022.