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Paris 2024: Nigeria Olympians Association Commends Sports Minister and Solicits for Synergy

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… Inducts him as a member of the Nigeria Olympian Association

On Wednesday, April 24th, 2024, the Executive Board of the Nigerian Olympians Association visited the Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, to commend his vision and achievements in the field of sports development since he assumed office. During the visit, Olumide Ayodeji OLY, the President of the Association, expressed their desire to not only support the Minister’s vision but also contribute to the growth of sports in Nigeria through mentoring of athletes. He highlighted the Olympians’ contributions to the country and urged the Minister to look into their welfare in line with his vision for sports development.

Emmanuel Babayaro, a legendary member of the Nigerian football team that won a gold medal during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games, described the Minister as a leader with a human face and assured him of the Nigerian Olympians Association’s support in consolidating his achievements so far. He also emphasized the Olympians’ willingness to offer their support and experience as mentors to help grow sports in Nigeria.Christy Opara Thompson, Olufemi Ebenezer were members of the NOA delegation, they outlined the individual contributions of members of the NOA to sports development to include building of infrastructure for athletes use in communities to enhance sports development.

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Senator John Owan Enoh in his response expressed his gratitude for the visit and pledged to provide a platform for the Olympians to engage with athletes to achieve desired outcomes. He assured the Association that the Ministry will work out modalities to include them as part of the contingent for the Olympic Games on a sport-to-sport basis. Additionally, he promised to do things differently to achieve the desired results under his leadership.

“There’s so much the ministry is willing to do , including working with the right people to register desired results.” He said.

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