The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has charged the Nigeria Badminton Federation (NBF) and the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF) to ensure that they fly the country’s flag at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
The sports minister made the charge while playing host to the presidents and board members of the badminton and weightlifting federation in Abuja.
Dare assured that the Lottery Trust Fund will be open for preparation towards Tokyo 2020 Olympic, he also appreciated the badminton federation in Abuja for making Nigeria proud in winning medals at the African Games in Morocco.
Dare said he will work with the Badminton Federation to ensure that all athletes and their coaches are constantly trained to prepare them for the 2020 Olympic. He assured the government will create an Athlete Funds Grant for athletes, stressing that athletes should be constantly trained to enable them to compete with their counterparts in the world.
“We want to commend the badminton federation for their superlative performance at the African Games and we will encourage them to do more and fly the country flag in Tokyo”.
Earlier, the president Badminton Federation, Francis Orbih, recommended that players be sent for training abroad so that they can march with their counterparts all over the world toward the Olympic qualification campaign.
Similarly, Dare commended the president of the Weightlifting federation Yahaya Mohammed who promised to deliver 15 gold medals at the just concluded All Africa Games in Morocco but exceeded his promise to deliver 16 gold medals.
“So let me thank you for making us proud in Morocco. Weightlifting is one of the sports where we expect to bring glory”.
“We hope that we can get medals there. It is possible because for weightlifting you know what you are going to lift already. Let me say that the ministry will support you in a quest to do the nation proud,” he said.
On his parts NWF president, Yahaya Mohammed also appealed to the minister to supports the federation as they set to embark on Olympic qualifiers in Egypt.