Connect with us


Dare to be conferred With Special Recognition award For Sports Development in African Region By Republic of Maldives



The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare is to be conferred with a ‘Special Recognition Award’ in the Republic of Maldives in recognition of his contribution to the development of sports in Nigeria and the African region.

The Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Republic of Maldives, Ahmed Mahloof, stated that the award is being conferred on Sunday Dare, not only for his contribution to the development of sports in Nigeria but to the African region as a whole.

 “In recognition of the work, you have carried out for the development of sports in your country and African region, we will be conferring the ‘Special Recognition Award’ on your Excellency,” he said

The conferment ceremony which will be held in the Republic of Maldives on the 16th of March, will be attended by the Maldivian President, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, world renowned athletes as well as Maldivian athletes, among others.

It will be recalled that in recognition of his stellar performances since assumption of office as Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Dare has bagged various awards including the Award of Public.Service, an award given by President Muhammadu Buhari, the  National Telegraph Most Innovative Minister Award, the Blueprint Sports Icon of the Year Award, Youth Award in the United States of America, African Illustrious Minister of the Year Award among many others. 

Apart from the various awards, Dare has  initiated a lot of programmes like the Adopt initiative as well as produced the National Sports Industry Policy, the 10 year Football Development Masterplan, the Talent Hunt Program, the return of the long and middle distance races, and the cross country race in Nigeria after almost 40 years in the doldrums. He also embarked on the rehabilitation of sports facilities across the country, efforts that have impacted positively on Nigerian sports.

Under Dare’s leadership, Nigeria posted her best ever Commonwealth Games performance in August 2022 and produced her first ever World Record holder and World champion(in athletics) in Tobi Amusan.

You would also recall that Nigeria had her best Olympic Games performance in 13 years with 2 Medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Continue Reading


Team Nigeria’s Impressive Medals Haul at Global Events & Stadium Infrastructure Policies Resonates as Sunday Dare Honoured in Maldives.



Last weekend, in far away Male, capital of the Republic of Maldives, Nigeria was on the front burner; and with modesty and pride for the nation, the Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Chief Sunday Dare received a special recognition for his lofty contributions to Sports Development in Nigeria and the entire Africa, as a Region.

The award was presented to him by the President of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

In his remarks, the Maldives President highlighted that the very essence of the award, was to appreciate and celebrate individuals for their support to the sport community.

The Maldives President continued “we are honoured to present this Special Recognition to the Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development of Nigeria, Mr. Sunday Akin Dare. During the outstanding tenure of Mr. Dare, he has made giant strides towards the development of sports infrastructure and Nigeria’s results at major international competitions have been phenomenal”.

Receiving the award, Chief Dare thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, for the unveivering support he had always given the Sports Ministry.

“The intentional leadership of Mr. President has helped in pushing up sports development, during my watch to new heights. Without such support, this special recognition wouldn’t have been possible”

Chief Dare also thanked members of his team, at the Sports Ministry and every stakeholder he has worked with in the adios task of giving the sports sector the desired lift.

African football legend Nwankwo Kanu, who was also in Male was feted with a Sports Icon award, on a special night for Nigeria and two of her sports personalities who were given international recorgnision.

Mr. Sunday Dare had previously been bestowed with other prestigious awards, like the Highest Order of Sports Administrators by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the Public Service Award of Excellence presented to him by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari.

Continue Reading



Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)