The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare has expressed optimism that Nigeria athletes will perform at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The Minister, who spoke with pressmen at the end of National Open trials in Lagos was full of praise for the athletes over their remarkable performances, and as well, sense of professionalism displayed all through the trials.
Addressing press men, he said: “I think that this opportunity to compete in the National trials is critical and that’s why I have said unless you come to the National trials, you will not make Team Nigeria and we saw this athletes both home and abroad heeded that clarion call because they love this country and they are patriotic.
They all came and they came to put up their best and I thank them for that patriotism and their professionalism and I think from this National trials we can sit back and start to pen in the next 48-72 hours the Nigerian Olympics team that will go to Tokyo2020 Olympics.”
He further said “we have tracked and monitored these athletes over the time, we also watch the world ranking and we know where they stand, I was with them in Dallas, Texas, I saw them run against five other countries, some of these athletes are one of the best you have in the world and we can always hope for the best. I’m confident they would make podium performances in Tokyo”.