Tokyo 2020: FG Commends Olympics Scholarship For Nigerian Athletes
The Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dr Thomas Bash, Olympic Solidarity Committee and Association of National Olympic Committee of Africa (ANOCA) for their concerted feat of awarding Olympic scholarship for Nigeria Athletes towards Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The scholarship which covers Individual Scholarship (Olympic Solidarity), Individual Scholarship (ANOCA) Phase 1 and Team Scholarship is spread among eighteen (18) athletes.
Nathaniel Samson Oghenewegba
Adekuoroye Odunayo Folasade
Adeniyi Aminat Oluwafunmilayo
Aruna Quadri Akinyemi
Adesanmi Oluwatoyin Victoria
Ofili Favour Chukwuka
Nwosu Chinazum Ruth
Adamu Abubakar Isah
Nathaniel Glory Onome
The Board and Members of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (IOC) has informed the Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare that it has obtained preparatory financial support to elite individual athletes and teams who have the potential to achieve Olympic podium in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
In its letter signed by the General Secretary of the Committee Mr. Olabanji Oladapo, the feat was achieved through the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Olympic Solidarity Committee and Association of National Olympic Committee of Africa (ANOCA) during the 2017 – 2020 quadrennial period.
These scholarship supports received by the Committee is aimed at providing training scholarship for the Athletes and Team, this will assist them in qualifying for the Olympic Games and in achieving podium performance at the Games proper.
The total budgeted amount for the scholarship which is in three (3) categories-Individual Scholarships, (Olympic Solidarity), Individual Scholarship (ANOCA) phase 1 and Team Scholarship is $299, 720.00 while the Committee has received $251, 560.00 and a balance of $48, 160.00 pending.
A total eighteen (18) Athletes are benefiting from the Individual Scholarship in various sports such as Athletics, Wrestling, Taekwondo, Table Tennis and Weightlifting. There are also athletes in Basketball (Men) and Hockey (Women).
The entire good people of Nigeria are joyous about this laudable benevolence and development to the Nigerian Athletes and salute the extremely kind gesture of our International Partners, while also promising to ensure that all global best practices of the unity and friendship expected in the sporting arena are adhered to in all aspects of sporting activities.