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Tokyo Olympics: Buhari To Host Team Nigeria Monday

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President Muhammadu Buhari will meet with members of Team Nigeria going to the Tokyo Olympics on Monday at the Presidential Villa before the final batch of the team departs for the Games.

The development was disclosed by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Tuesday at a brief send-forth ceremony for the first batch of the team which left for Japan.

The rescheduled 2020 Olympic Games will hold from July 23 to Aug. 8 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Minister further stated that the team which would leave in four batches would be formally “sent forth” by the President on Monday as is the tradition.

Dare added that the ceremony would also afford the President the opportunity of officially handing over Team Nigeria to the Nigeria Olympic Committee in line with age-long tradition.

He added that President Buhari would also be unveiling the official Team Nigeria uniform to the Games.

“We are keeping to the tradition of unveiling the team to the President who will, in turn, hand them over to the NOC.”

“The unveiling of the official wear/equipment will also be done by Mr President. This is a very symbolic event meant to officially send forth the team to the Games.”

“This should also inspire the athletes and reinforce the fact that the Federal Government and the entire country are behind them,” Dare said.