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Minister adopts Young table Tennis Prodigies Okanlawon, Mustapha  Brothers



The Minister of  Youth and  Sports Development Mr. Sunday has reiterated Government’s commitment to support the trio of Table Tennis Champions- Usman Okanlawon and the Mustapha brothers through the Talent Hunt Programme to enable them win  more laurels for the country.

The  Minister gave this assurance  in his office in Abuja on Thursday when he received in audience  the  three Table Tennis Champions  Usman Okanlawon,  Musa and Mustafa Mustafa who were  led by the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Table Tennis Federation Engineer  Ishaku Tikon.

 Mr. Dare said their adoption into the fold of the TableTennis Federation is very important as it would expose them to tournaments that would sharpen and hone their skill through sponsorship. ” We are excited because our emphasis on other sports is paying off..

I’m excited and thrilled that Nigerian Athletes are performing excellently well. Nigeria is proud of your performance which is an indication that our grassroots sports development is on a progressive chart”. 

The  Minister added ”The Talents Hunt Programme of the Ministry will adopt and support the Mustapha brothers and Usman Okanlawon.They will be supported  anytime they are to take part in competition. They will be closely monitored so that they can continue to excel”.

He attributed  the performances of  Okanlawon, silver medalist in the Under 15 Youngsters Contender series and the Mustapha brothers 11th and 14th ITTF     ranking as a testament of their immense talent. .

Mr Dare  also commended the  excellent performances of  Nigerian Athletes like  Ese Brume, Tobi Amusan, Blessing Okagbare and Uche Eke  and  their doggedness for podium performances.” We are happy that Nigerians are putting up excellent performancesall over the world , Nigeria is proud of you , I am proud of you  and will lend you all necessary  support”

Caretaker committee  Chairman of the Nigerian  Table Tennis Federation  Engineer  Ishaku Tikon expressed delight that the Minister’s  Talent Hunt Program  was already yielding results. He thanked the Minister  for lending necessary  support to Table Tennis and other sports.

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AFN Board Dissolved



The board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria has been dissolved upon the expiration of its term.                                

Announcing the dissolution on Monday 14th June by the Sports Ministry of Youth and Sports saying the tenure of the board has expired.


According to the ministry statement, Pursuant to article 10.4 of the 2017 constitution of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, the Ministry hereby dissolves the board of the AFN.

the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development understand that the AFN will hold an elective congress on Monday June 14.                                    

“We have advised that the elections should be organized in accordance with the 2017 constitution of the AFN as contained in the agreement reached at the reconciliation meeting held in Abuja last April and brokered by the Confederation of African Athletics and World Athletics,’ the Ministry further said in the statement and enjoined delegates at Monday’s Elective Congress to eschew bitterness and vote for candidates that can unite the federation.                        

The AFN had at its extraordinary congress on Sunday June 13, 2021 held in Abuja asked the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to invoke article 10.4 of its constitution and dissolve the outgoing board.

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