Nigeria Will Leverage On Eleven Sports At Tokyo Olympics

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The days of jamboree  at the Olympics  are over as Nigeria would only compete  in sports where she has comparative advantage, Nigerian Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, has said.

According to the minister, preparing and leveraging on sports where Nigeria has comparative advantage of excelling  at the Olympics will now be the focus.

“The Olympic is less than six month away and we have started camping our athletes to get them to full fitness ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. We had four camps in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Akure and Lagos. From  next year we will commence a more robust camping with some  athletes going abroad to train with their foreign- based counterparts. The first camping exercise was in Pankshin, Plateau State, while the second phase  camping ended on the  24th December, 2020. Lagos , Bayelsa, Port Harcourt and Abuja were the locations for the second phase,” Dare said.

“We started the Pre-Olympics camping early to ensure  that  the athletes that will be  representing  the country in  the Tokyo Olympics put up  podium performances.”

The minister added that Team Nigeria will be going to the Olympics with just 11 sports, unlike in the past when all the sports that qualified went  and returned empty handed.

“We need to compete with other nations  to win and not to complete the numbers. We have decided to focus on eleven sports where we have comparative advantage.”

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Taofeek Olayemi Lawal is a senior correspondent with 9News Nigeria. Reporter for Women Advancement For Economic & Leadership Empowerment Foundation in Africa (WAELE). He has over 10 years experience in journalism and served as Senior Correspondent for LEADERSHIP Newspaper Abuja as well as Champion Newspaper Limited, Lagos. Contact Taofeek Olayemi Lawal by email or phone call. Phone: +234 805 307 4114, 081 0464 0001 Email:

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