FEDERAL MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT
1. PRESS RELEASE
President Buhari Charges Athletes To Be Worthy Ambassadors of Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, has charged all athletes and team
officials representing Nigeria at the 12th African Games in Morocco to
be worthy Ambassadors both on the field of play and outside the
sporting arena, admonishing them to be conscious of the global
community and desist from actions that would projects the image of the
2. He added, ‘’as you all know, the menace of drug use (doping)
in sports is threatening the core foundation of sports and has led to
embarrassing situations, as well as sanctions to some great sporting
nations. I therefore urge you to keep the integrity of our nation
intact by competing clean and fair at the African Games’’.
3. President Buhari, GCFR, commended the 308 athletes
participating in 22 sporting activities for their level of discipline
during training towards the Games, assuring them that the Federal
Government is fully committed to their successful participation in the
African Olympic Games. He added that the team and their handlers have
the support of over 180 million sporting-loving Nigerians as they do
the nation proud.
4. The President, who was represented at the occasion by the
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha
stated this during the official handing over ceremony/farewell of Team
Nigeria’s contingent to the 12th African Games, Rabat 2019, to the
Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) at the VIP Lounge of MKO Abiola
National Stadium recently in Abuja.
5. Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary,
Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Olusade Adesola,
expressed sincere gratitude of the athletes and millions of Nigerian
youth to President Buhari’s led government for given stanch support to
team Nigeria, promoting greater inclusion of the youth and to invest
in the people.
6. Adesola stated that the Federal Government has meticulously
prepared the athletes for the Games, even as the contingents are
formally handed over to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) in line
with International Olympic Committee’s best practises. He urged the
athletes and coaches to upholds the statement that ’many are called
but few are chosen’ by joining the club of legends who have brought
honour to their fatherland.
7. In his acceptance speech, the President of the Nigeria
Olympic Committee, Engr. Habu Gumel, on behalf of the Ministry as well
as various National Federations, appreciated the collaboration and
commitment of Government to the preparation and participation of the
contingent to the continental games, adding that this is the first
time in history that the African Games will act as Olympic
Qualification Event in 17 Sports, for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
8. Gumel expressed confidence that Nigerian athletes have
always proved their brilliant performance at previous games which had
garnered a whopping total of 448 Gold, 417 Silver and 389 Bronze
medals since the commencement of the Games in 1967, stressing that the
2019 edition will not be an exception.
9. The 12th African Games is scheduled for Rabat, Morocco from
August 19th to 31st, 2019 and Nigeria is participating in 22 sporting
activities namely: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball,
Boxing, Canoe Kayak, Chess, Cycling, Football, Gymnastics, hand ball.
Others Judo, Karate, Rowing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis,
Taekwondo, Long-Tennis, Volley ball, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
August 14th, 2019
Principal Information Officer
For: Director Press & Public Relations
2. PRESS RELEASE
FG s Proactive Efforts Will Ensure Hitch Free Participation at African
Games – Says Adesola
The Federal Government restated its resolve and commitment to explore
every possible efforts that would ensure and guarantee a hitch free
participation of athletes and players at the forthcoming 12th African
Games, in Rabat, Morocco.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports
Development, Mr. Olusade Adesola gave this assurance recently during
his series of visits to the camps of athletes and players that would
represent the country at the Rabat Games.
In his address to the athletes, players and coaches in the camp
centres, the Permanent Secretary stated that Federal Government has
given necessary support to the Ministry that would ensure a hitch free
participation for Team Nigeria. Speaking on the level of the Team’s
participation, Mr. Adesola assured that Federations have conducted
series of internal and external trials in 22 sports across the nation
to assess athletes level of preparation and selection of possible
podium athletes that would represent the nation at the Games.
Nigeria, the Permanent Secretary stated, will present a contingent
size of 562 , comprising athletes, coaches, medical and administrative
support staff to the Games, contrary to the figure of 750 persons
being bandied in some national daily newspapers. Beside acknowledging
the truism that sports is a tool for national unity in the country, he
posited that sports has also been accepted as an instrument of
asserting national strength, relevance and pride amongst comity of
To this end, Mr. Adesola enthused that countries that qualified for
international tournaments and competitions deemed it fit to gallantly
support their athletes and players to global sports venues with a
delegation that would encourage and boost their morale. In this case,
Nigeria, according to him, is no exception, adding, the Federal
Government through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports has acted
within the confines of an established tradition to send a strong
delegation of 562 persons, comprising of athletes players coaches and
administrative support staff to the Rabat Games. In addition, the
Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) which coordinates the team’s
participation at the Games encourages sports loving Nigerians to
travel to Morocco to support the team as well- but at no cost to the
Ministry. Mr. Adesola seized the opportunity to acknowledge the
consistent support and goodwill from the media, as we wish Team
Nigeria a glorious performance at the Games.
On entry visas, Mr. Adesola stated that entry visas for the
contingent is in process and arrangements have been concluded for the
team’s scheduled departures to Morocco on both commercial and
chartered flights on August 10, 14, 16 and 21, 2019; in consonance
with the Sports events of the Games as the visas are issued.
Ramon A. Balogun
For : Director, Press