Minister: We Are Rebuilding New Generation Of Athletes


The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has assured  that the ministry is rebuilding a new generation of athletes who will  soon rule the world of athletics.

Speaking at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport, Abuja where he received the victorious team from the just concluded U-20 World Athletics Championship in Nairobi, Kenya, he asserted  ‘These young athletes have done the country proud, they have not only made a statement of intent to rule the world, but have made it emphatically clear that we are rebuilding a new generation of athletes. These young ones are brilliant stars and the country will embrace them, support and  nurture them and  unleash them on the world at the Paris 2024 Olympics and several other up-coming  championships.

“Yesterday, President Buhari congratulated them for the feat they achieved as the third best team at the championship amongst 116 countries.  When you look at the history of this championship in the last 13 years, this is the first time  we have  attained this feat.”

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He further stated “The Usain Bolts of this world emerged from this championship. So we are  going to  keep  these young ones  together. We see a better  future, a new trajectory for athletics in our country. We will nurture them  and the future is bright for athletics in our country,” he concluded.

A  reception was organised for the athletes attended by the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar -Farouk,  Minister of State for Education, Chief Emeka Nwajiuba and S A to the President  on Sports,  Daniel Amokachi.

Speaking at the event, Hajia Farouk said the athletes had made Nigeria  proud, promising  to key them into the  programmes of her Ministry.

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