Towards Team Nigeria achieving podium success at the Olympics and Paralympics games in Japan, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has finalized arrangements for the camping of home-based athletes.
According to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics schedule, athletes of 10 sports events will commence camping in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Bayelsa from Monday, May 24, 2021.
According to the Director, Federation of Elites Athletes Department, Dr Simeon Ebhojiaye “with just days to the official commencement of the Tokyo Olympics, our countdown commences on May 24, 2021, with camp for the home-based in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Bayelsa where athletes are expected to intensify their readiness for the podium success in Tokyo. We are also monitoring the performances of the foreign-based athletes closely.”
Dr Ebhojiaye further added “Abuja will play host to Athletics, Canoeing, Rowing, Weightlifting, Para Athletics and Taekwondo, Lagos host Para Powerlifting and Para Table Tennis, Wrestling is camped in Bayelsa with Badminton in Port Harcourt”
He affirmed that Nigeria decided to participate in only ten events where she has a competitive advantage.
This exercise is a fulfilment of the Ministry’s promise to organise a 90 days Olympics camping. The first phase of camping held for 14 days in March. This is the longest camping ever organised for the Olympics which is expected to lead to medals haul in Tokyo.