147 Days to Tokyo 2020: Adoption Initiative boosts athletes’ welfare
By Femi Atolagbe
Preparations have begun in earnest for Olympics Tokyo 2020, with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development leaving no stones unturned as regards athletes’ welfare.
The Minister of Youth and Sport Development, Mr Sunday Dare, who has always maintained that athletes welfare must be top priority if Nigeria hopes to record any success at the World event in Tokyo.
He reiterated that; “The welfare of the athletes remains our priority and that is why we came up with the Adoption Campaign which has been quite rewarding. As I speak with you, athletes have got their money from their adopters. It is really an organic process and ours, is to supervise the process.”
On the readiness of team Nigeria, he said, “Nigeria is ready for Tokyo 2020 and I say that because the team has been preparing in the last four years.
“What we now see is that state preparation that finally puts them where they want to be in terms of training, camping and in terms of the international championships they need to really attend to sharpen their skills.
“We are working very hard to see that our funds are released early enough,” he further assured.
The Minister also disclosed that Nigeria will be competing in 11 sports as opposed to the 22 sports that they took part in, in the last Olympics in order to ensure that resources are channeled where the country has comparative advantage.
He added that the athletes would be competing with the best in the world hence the need for early camping.