Nigeria’s preparations for podium outing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begins today with the departure of the first batch of the country’s contingent to Japan from Abuja.
Although the Games are not due to kick off until July 23, Team Nigeria athletes are going to the Far East nation to acclimatize Ahead of the Games.
According to the Director, Federation of Elites Athletes Department (FEAD), Dr Simeon Ebhojiaye, members of the Canoeing team Ayomide Bello and her coach Ebenezer Ukwunna, Esther Toko and her coach Regina Enofe of Rowing event alongside Secretary-General Olubunmi Oluode will depart through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport aboard Ethiopian Airline.
Also in the team is the Special Adviser on Sports to the Minister, Ambassador Mary Onyali, MFR, the medical crew of Dr Samuel Ogbondeminu, Messrs Okoh Joseph, Abdulsalam Shuaibu and Ekundayo Ogunkunle.
Earlier on Monday, an advanced team of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development departed via the Muritala Mohammed International airport, Lagos.
The second batch will depart on July 13.
Nigeria will be competing in nine sports at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics which runs from July 23 to August 8, 2021, while the Paralympians will be competing in four sports from August 24 to September 5, 2021.