17 Nigerian Athletes Storms Argentina For 2018 Olympic Youth Games
…as Minister Charges Team Nigeria To Excel
No viewer than 17 young Nigerian athletes aged 15-18, jet out of the country on Tuesday to participate in the 8th Sporting event of the 241 medals across 32 sports in the 2018 Youths Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The 12 days world event will see more than 200 countries with over 3,998 athletes, with an equal number of males and females competing.
The Youth Olympics games are scheduled to run from 6th to 18th of October, 2018
Team Nigerian will be competing in Athletics, Canoeing, Golf, Weightlifting Badminton Wrestling Boxing and Table Tennis.
Speaking at the sent-off in Abuja on Tuesday Minister of Youth and Sports Bar. Solomon Dalung who was represented by the ministry permanent Secretary Mr Olushade Adesola made the call while addressing Nigeria’s contingents before departing for Argentina at the media centre, National Stadium Abuja.
Dalung charged Team Nigeria to excel as they begin their quest to conquer the world in this year’s Youth Olympic Games
According to him “ the government have provided the platform for you to excel and you have been in camp preparing for the games, I urge you to do your best and be of good behaviour during the games as you represent the image of the country. The government will continue to support you.” He said
He further went on to charge the athletes that they should eschew the use of any banned athletic performance-enhancing drugs adding that they should compete fairly in the games
“We want you to keep your head upright by not engaging in activities that will taint your reputations and the country’s, doping is the rage this day as most sports administrators use to boost their athletes but I urge you not to take such things, ensure that whatever you will take at the games should be approved by your team doctors “ he added
In his speech the captain of team Nigeria, Ineh Emmanuel is optimistic that the athletes will do the nation proudly during the games.
“Our expectations are high because from the previous competitions we did well and we are also hoping to do well at the games because we have worked really hard and we are optimistic that we will keep the flag flying high,” he said