The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has disclosed that home based athletes who will represent Nigeria in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be camped in Europe as part of the preparations of the Games.
He made this known while speaking with the press in his office on preparations for the Olympics.
The Minister said that the foreign based athletes will benefit from the advanced sporting facilities in their countries of residence, hence the need to provide same for the Nigerian based athletes.
“We are going to send a few of the home based athletes outside the country for the necessary training. Some will go to Holland, other parts of Europe, some will even go to Kenya.”
The Minister also assured that the Ministry was doing all within its means to secure funding to support the athletes to ensure they give the best for the country at the competition later in the year in Tokyo.
He added that the Adopt an Athlete was in full gear and would also serve to lift some burden off the Ministry.
In the same vein, the minister has expressed his fascination at the skills and discipline displayed by the Gymnasts of the TIG Gymnastic Club who paid him a visit yesterday.
“When you see kids at this tender age do this, they flourish because they are disciplined from age 3, 4, 5 and when you see these kids, beyond sports, you know that there is hope for this country.
“Sports brings discipline and confidence and it going to grow with them as they grow,” he added.
The Minister thanked the parents for devoting their time and resources into the development of the young gymnasts.