The IOC President, Dr. Thomas Bach has’ commended the Sports Ministry and the Nigeria Olympic Committee Athletes Commission for their initiative in creating awareness on the Covid-19 pandemic, using the voice of Nigerian athletes.
The video of the Nigerian athletes’ message was used on social media platforms by Athlete 365 and the Olympic Channel. Dr. Thomas Bach made this disclosure at a conference meeting that included 200 athletes representatives, IOC Executive members as well as IOC Athlete Commission members and the Olympic Channels, revealing that Nigeria was the first country to do that and encouraged others to emulate Nigeria.
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Nigeria was represented in the meeting that took place online by Olumide Oyedeji, Chairman of the Nigeria Olympic Committee [NOC] Athletes Commission. During the virtual meeting, the Nigerian Representative, Olumide Oyedeji asked about the faith of athletes currently on IOC scholarship grants and for other upcoming athletes that may need to receive scholarship grants to support their training and qualification.
In his response, the President appreciated the NOC and the Nigerian Government for the hospitality accorded him during his visit to Nigeria which he called a memorable one, adding that all athletes currently on Olympic scholarships will continue to enjoy the benefit until the Olympic Games while further windows will be opened to consider upcoming athletes.
STORY By Ugochukwu Okeiyi, NCN Sports Desk Editor