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Nigeria is ready for Paris 2024 Olympics – Sports minister

Senator John Enoh, the Minister of Sports Development, has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to rejuvenate and reposition Nigerian sports.

Enoh, in a statement on Tuesday, emphasised the ministry’s determination to propel sports in Nigeria to heights of excellence and glory. Enoh further underscored the ministry’s dedication to building upon past successes to drive transformative change within the sector.

“Sports in Nigeria is undergoing a significant transformation, and we are fully committed to leveraging this momentum to drive positive change and achieve unprecedented success,” he stated.

Following Nigeria’s exclusion from the Confederation of African Football’s 2023 AFCON officials list, the statement noted that the minister convened stakeholders and declared a state of emergency on officiating.

Consequently, a roadmap to rejuvenate officiating in Nigeria was established, including Nigerian match officials in the pool for international competitions by FIFA for 2024.

“Through collaborative efforts and strategic initiatives, we are laying the foundation for a brighter future for Nigerian sports. Our goal is not only to excel on the international stage but also to nurture a culture of sports excellence at all levels,” Enoh remarked.

Ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the minister expressed confidence in Team Nigeria’s readiness, with athletes securing qualifications across various sports and events, including four additional Olympic tickets in athletics following a successful outing at the World Relays Championships in the Bahamas.

“For Team Nigeria, the journey to Paris 2024 represents an opportunity to shine and make our nation proud. We are fully committed to supporting our athletes and ensuring that they have everything they need to excel on the world stage,” Enoh said.

(PUNCH)

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