IOC President Arrives Nigeria, Amid Cheer To Commission ANOCA Secretariat

Joel Ajayi

Federal Government on Wednesday received the President of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) Mr. Thomas Bach and his entourage amid cheer and excitement.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, while Receiving  the IOC President, highlighted some of the activities for the two day visit.

“Nigeria welcomes the President of the International Olympic Committee Mr. Thomas Bach very warmly to Nigeria and the ANOCA President Bartman Barif and the entire team and we hope that the next two days will be exciting as we have lined up a number of activities. One of the most important is the commissioning of the ANOCA headquarters which is Olympics headquarters for Africa, the visit to the school where Olympic values are taught. We will also be at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium to meet with Olympians and some of our athletes who are on their way to the Olympics 2020.

The IOC President who spoke to Journalists upon arrival at Namidi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja  expressed delight to be in Nigeria while corroborating the  Minister’s position  on activities lined up for his visit.

“It is a great pleasure arriving to here in Nigeria, a great sporting country. I’m looking forward to a very successful meeting with the government, the International Olympic Committee and most importantly to meet the Nigerian athletes and wish them luck  for their qualification and participation in the Olympic games Tokyo 2020.

“I will also have the opportunity to visit the school where the Olympic values are being promoted in an exemplary way, it’s a very rich program and I’m really looking forward to enjoying the Nigerian hospitality.”

It will be recalled that last week Friday held a press conference to intimate the the media on activities lined up for the IOC President’s visit. The IOC President had visited Cape Verde, Senegal and Cameroon  before arriving in Nigeria for a two day visit.


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