54 African Olympic Presidents To Grace Commission ANOCA Secretariat In Abuja
…As Sports Minister reel out benefits
No fewer than, 54 African Olympic Presidents across the continent are expected to grace ocasion of commissioning of the newly built Secretariat of Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA in the Capital City of Nigeria.
This even as International Olympic Committee IOC President, Thomas Bach is expected to arrive in Nigeria on Monday for the official commissioning of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa
Disclosing this, on Friday in Abuja, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare said the visit is a clear sign that Nigeria is well respected in the international sports circle and Nigeria has put in place adequate preparation to formally welcome the IOC President.
Commissioning ceremony slated for November 14th after which IOC President will visit the Villa to see the President Mohammadu Buhari and thereafter take a tour of the Moshood Kashimawo Abiola Stadium to see the country’s sporting facilities.
He said the ANOCA headquarters was moved to Nigeria from Cameroon in 2006 and he was glad that the government has put up a befitting secretariat.
Mr. Dare said if the IOC President had visited Nigeria before now, the country would not have lost the bid to host the 2022 World Youth Olympics to Senegal but pledged that the hosting right will be supported because it came to Africa for the first time.
While reeling out the benefits, Minister said; “It is with great pleasure that I make bold to say that the building will be commissioned for the use of the African people and the development of Sports in Africa.
“The visit of the IOC President to Nigeria to specifically commission the Secretariat is a clear indication of the commitment of the present Administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari to ensuring the development of Sports in Africa as a whole and Nigeria in particular. It is further a testament to that our return to greater transparency in sports administration is engendering trust in Nigeria’s capacity to implement international best practices.“
He said Nigeria will continue to commend the IOC for creating the platform for training her coaches, administrators, and athletes.
Also speaking on the visit, the President of Nigeria Olympic Committee NOC, Engineer, Habu Gumel said Nigeria stands to benefit from the visit.
Gumel gave some of the benefits as the scholarships and training grants to be enjoyed by the Team Nigeria athletes, the rapport with the leaders and the showcase of the country’s facilities which will enhance the chances of being picked as host of one of the IOC programmes.
“We are ready, and as from Monday we are expecting not less than 54 Africans Olympic Presidents.” Gumel disclosed.