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2021 Olympics Preps: Ministry Set For Camping Of Athletes, Officials

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Arrangements to commence National Camping of its Athletes and Officials in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place in 2021.

The camping exercise is poised to bring back our athletes to their individual Sports having been on recess for so long due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This local camping which is coming at the resumption of Sporting activities in Nigeria is geared towards early preparations of Athletes who have qualified for the Games.

The Ministry in conjunction with the Delta State Government organized the COVID-19 OKOWA Athletics Resumption Meet in Asaba on November 6, 2020, to test the application of the COVID-19 Sports Code and Resumption Protocol in a competitive environment, which was a resounding success paving way for the reopening of sporting activities in Nigeria.

The following National Sports Federations have been earmarked to commence the first phase of the camp in their locations:-

Taekwondo – Abuja

Rowing & Para-Rowing – Abuja

Canoeing & Para-Canoeing – Abuja

Para-Powerlifting – Lagos

Other Sports Federations where athletes have qualified for both Games will commence camping shortly afterward in batches.

As a corollary to this, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in its effort to revamp the middle and long-distance athletic culture in Nigeria is opening a training camp in Pankshin, Plateau State specifically for road races within this period.

All camps are to strictly observe the COVID-19 Sports Code and Resumption Protocol already developed by the Ministry in both training and accommodation venues

 

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Re:NYSC Shuns Applications By Southern Medical Corps Members Who “Desperately” Want To Redeploy From North Due To Insecurity

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The attention of NYSC Management has been drawn to a story with the above caption, making the rounds on social media. The write-up is a misrepresentation of facts.

In a statement issued by the NYSC’s Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations Emeka Mgbemena on Sunday in Abuja said the report is misrepresentation of facts.

According to the statement, in accordance with the Relocation Policy of the Scheme, the exercise is carried out based on two grounds, namely; Marital and Health grounds.

Relocation on the ground of marriage is applicable only to female Corps Members. On the ground of health, the Corps Member’s medical history must be presented, with a written application.

It is imperative to state that in NYSC, all lives matter, just like the Director-General has emphasised on so many fora. The safety and well-being of Corps Members and members of staff remains of paramount importance to the Corps.

However, Corps Members at all times must also be security conscious and never treat their safety with levity, by unduly putting themselves in harm’s way through risky behaviours.

Rest assured, the Scheme in all matters on deployment of Corps Members, relies strictly on the advisories from the security agencies.

It is therefore advisable for clarifications to be sought from the Scheme on issues pertaining to its operations, to avoid the error of inaccurate reportage, or outright spread of falsehood and misinformation.

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