Athletics

African Championships: Minister commends Team Nigeria‘s third-place finish

With the dire need for policy direction to catalyze sports development and repositioning in Nigeria, Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has restated his commitment to ensuring total implementation of the Policies and Plans to drive sports development in Nigeria.

The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has praised the performance of Team Nigeria at the just concluded African Athletics Championships in Mauritius.

Team Nigeria won five gold, three silver and three bronze medals to finish third on the medals table behind Kenya and South Africa.

Despite missing some of her top rated athletes, Nigeria still put up a credible outing at the competition, showing her strength in depth in both track and field events.

Dare said the performance of the athletes underlines the positive attitude of Nigerian sports men and women as well as the fighting spirit that makes them succeed against all odds and thrive in the most difficult situations.

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“Even in the absence of some of our top rated athletes who could not make it to Mauritius, Team Nigeria still fought gallantly and defended our colours brilliantly. We are so proud of them,” the Minister said.

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