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Olympics: Canoe sprint, rowing and table tennis athletes depart for Tokyo

Olympics: Canoe sprint, rowing and table tennis athletes depart for Tokyo

… Buhari to unveil official Team Nigeria uniform

The first batch of Team Nigeria contingent have departed the shores of the country on Tuesday to Kizarazu city in Japan for the Pre-Games training camp before moving into the Olympic Village.

The batch consists of six athletes in Canoe sprint, rowing and table tennis alongside their coaches.

In Canoeing, Bello Ayomide will participate in Women’s Sprint C1, 200m while in rowing, Esther Tamaramiyebi Toko is taking part in the women’s single Sculs WX1 when the Olympics begin

In table tennis, Omotayo Olajide and Aruna Quadri will take part in men’s singles while Edem Offiong and Olufunke Oshonaike are participating in women’s singles respectively.

Speaking during the brief send forth held at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, the minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare said President Muhammadu Buhari will formally unveil the official Team Nigeria uniform for the Games.

“In continuation of his grandiose support to the sports sector, President Muhammdu Buhari has committed enormous resources in the preparation and participation of Team Nigeria for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As part of this effort, Mr. President would formally unveil the official Team Nigeria uniform for the Games during the presentation of the contingent to His Excellency, by the Honourable Minister,” he said.

Meanwhile, on July 13th, batch 2 which consist of athletics, taekwondo and wrestling athletes will depart to Tokyo while on July 17th, Gymnastics and badminton athletes and on July 19th, basketball teams will join their colleagues in the Asian country.

By the close of the qualification series this July, Nigeria has qualified a total of 58 athletes followed by 22 coaches to represent our country at the Games, in the following nine sports.

In the same vein, Edem Offiong, who has represented Nigeria thrice at the Olympics has said she is prepared for the Games.

“I’m preparing very well, I think I’m in a good shape. I was at the training center in Spain for over 2 months and back in Nigeria to continue my training and also to join Team Nigeria to Kisarazu camp in Tokyo to concentrate on my training,” she said.

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