Commonwealth: FG Commits to Developing Medalists

The Nigerian government has said that it will pay special attention to any athlete who wins medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Tanmmy Danagogo, Minister of Sports, made this disclosure while speaking on the exploit of Nigerian athletes who have won medals for the country at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Danagogo said, “The government is going to pay special attention to our gold, silver and bronze medalists in this Games. Once we finish from the Games, we are going to monitor medalists to ensure that they are in shape ahead of other tournaments. We are going to design a monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for them so that we keep tab of everything they do. If we handle them this way, I am sure that we will be in a position to use them to win medals in the forthcoming Olympics and other Games in the future.”

He added that, “The expectations of the President and the rest of Nigerians is that we win more medals at the Games. We are proud of our athletes for what they have done for the country so far and the government is prepared to give them all the necessary supports they need to succeed.”

Oluwatoyin Adesanmi on sunday, won a gold medal for Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games in the women’s 63kg weightlifting category while Obioma Okoli won silver bringing Nigeria’s number of medals to seven as Blessing Okagbare won the women’s 100m gold on Monday.

The minister who expressed satisfaction at the performances of athletes in the weight lifting and Table Tennis categories said he was very optimistic that Nigeria would win more medals in the tournament.

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