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Tokyo 2020 Olympic: Sports Ministry signs MoU with Japanese city for Team Nigeria camp venue

While Nigeria is preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday with the Japanese City of Kisarazu, which will camp the Team Nigeria.

Sunday Dare
Sports Minister, Sunday Dare

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, made this revelation in a statement signed by his special assistant, Kola Daniel. He said the Memorandum of Understanding was jointly signed by Nigeria and the mayor of the city of Kisarazu, Yoshikuni Watanabe, who said the measure fits well with the new orientation of the early preparation of the tournament.

Dare said he was happy to have started preparing for the Olympics well in advance, which was a sign of how good it would come. “I am pleased that we can follow this morning the initiatives of former ministers and ambassadors who acted correctly on behalf of this country,” he said.

“About three weeks ago, Nigeria seriously began preparations for the Olympic Games. We had waited for the completion of the Doha Athletics Championship before officially starting our preparations. We have less than nine months and the camp before the games are essential for our preparations. for Tokyo 2020.

The minister also expressed gratitude to the mayor for his confidence in the proposal initiated under the previous government, adding that Nigeria and the rest of the world looked forward to Tokyo 2020. NetBetSports fans laud this move by the ministry.

“This meeting gives us the opportunity to formalize camps prior to the games with the city of Kisarazu. Even after the memorandum of understanding, there are still some problems in which we must work together. The MOU establishes an understanding of the city and the country of Nigeria: I have read the memorandum of understanding; it is in good faith and we hope that good faith will be extended throughout the period.

“We are still developing a list of sports that will be camping in Kisarazu, so we will provide the necessary information in the future. Maybe we should now, every week, try to keep the comments to be on the same page,” he said.

Dare congratulated Japan for being ready to welcome the world, saying that although he had not yet visited Japan, all his visitors had reported beautiful words about the beauty of the country. It’s also about preparing to organise the Olympic Games and the world, and the fact that the ministry is celebrating the success of the pre-Games camp and the success of the Olympic Games,” he said.

Mayor Yoshikuni Watanabe thanked the minister for hosting the delegation, adding that his city was proud to identify with Nigeria because of his love for football.

In addition, on October 14, Sports Minister Sunday Dare assured athletes that he would camp for at least five months. The minister gave this guarantee during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Teslim Balogun Stadium during his visit to the Making of Champions (MoC) camp, an athletic consultancy and an academy.

NAN reports that Making of Champions Ltd. is a sports management and media company created to improve the profile and performance of sports in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. The company, created after the sad performance of the country at the 2012 London Olympics, aims to train athletes at a world-class level in Nigeria, to ensure that the country has a competitive advantage in the Olympic Games.

Dare said the ministry would ensure that athletes were mobilised properly for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, adding that it was not too late to begin preparations.

“If there are funds available, maybe we will do six months of camping. In the past, we had three months.

“This time, we are planning five months of camp for athletes and this journey begins with the administrative aspects that will be launched tomorrow.” We will gather all the key stakeholders in Abuja and begin the camp process. We are proposing three or four camps in Nigeria.

“As I said, we are not going to leave ourselves in excess, we are going to see the sports in which we can really compete, which can be seven or eight and focus on them,” he said. he declared. Dare said the athletes’ welfare was paramount for him and said the National Sports Endowment Fund (NSEF) would be restructured.

“The talks continue, we have to have a private commitment and we are making progress. Remember that Chief Iwuyanwu is the president of the NSEF. Let’s see that, maybe we will have a new chair because we intend to make it independent and probably involve More interested parties.

“The fund returns athletes and repacks for sports development. What we have seen in Morocco and Doha is a benchmark and, based on experience, we will focus on areas where we have a competitive advantage,” he said.

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