Olympic Games: House invites Sports Minister over preparations


The House of Representatives Committee on Sports has extended invitation to the Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, to appear before it and explain to the Committee and Nigerians on the level of preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Honourable Ekene Adams, the chairman of the Committee said this during a meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) led by its president, Habu Gumel, at the National Assembly Complex on Thursday in Abuja. According to the Committee chairman, it is important that the minister briefs Nigerians on the level of preparations for Paris 2024.

“We want to surpass the records of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics which was our best so far. Inviting the Minister to come before the Committee is not witch hunting, we are only trying to do the needful. We want our athletes to represent us very well and be in a right frame of mind while competing for honours in Paris later in the year. We should not write Team Nigeria off with our never-say-die spirit. We are going to encourage them to perform well in Paris. The athletes need to motivated and inspired.”

NOC President, Habu Gumel, in his submission during the session, said the NOC will do all it takes to make sure that Team Nigeria makes the country proud.

“I was to appear last week unfortunately like the chairman said, I was outside the country on a national assignment to go and discuss the issues of our preparations, our movement to Paris to participate in the Olympic Games. The meeting was necessary that was why I had to travel to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters to go and meet with the respective organisations. That is exactly what happened I was on a national assignment.

“I believe together, we can move our country forward through interactions such as this so that we can be able to have a very good outing in Paris for the Olympic Games and make our country proud.”

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