Paris 2024: The Chamber of Deputies summoned the Minister of Sports for preparations

The House of Representatives Committee on Sports has invited the Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, to appear before it to brief the committee and Nigerians on the preparations for the 2024 Olympic Games to be hosted by Paris, the capital of France later in the year. .

The chairman of the committee, Honorable Ekene Adams Abubakar, stated this during a meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) led by its president, Habu Gumel, held at Room 344 of the National Assembly Complex, Abuja on Thursday.

According to Honorable Adams Abubakar, as a force to be reckoned with in global sports, it is time for Nigeria to surpass its Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games where the country won two gold medals through the U23 National Football Team, Dream Team 1 and Long Jumper, policewoman, Chioma Ajunwa.

He said as the ministry responsible for sports in the country, it is the duty of the minister to inform Nigerians of the level of preparations for the upcoming global fiesta in terms of athletes’ welfare, camping, allowances and bonuses so that Team Nigeria can fly the country’s flag high and record an excellent podium finish , which will break Atlanta’s record.

“We want to beat the records of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, which were our best so far. Inviting the Minister to appear before the committee is not a witch hunt, we are merely trying to do what is needed. We want our athletes to represent us very well and be in the right frame of mind to compete for honors in Paris later in the year. We should not write off Team Nigeria with our never-say-die spirit. We will encourage them to do well in Paris. Athletes need motivation and inspiration. I am sure Nigerian sports will do well under my chairmanship of the House of Representatives for Sports,” the Speaker stated.

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He added that the National Assembly will also propose a bill to capture the preparation of athletes in the annual budget of the Ministry of Sports rather than in each Olympic year.

Briefing the committee, NOC Chairman Habu Gumel said the body is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that Team Nigeria does the country proud.

Gumel, who apologized profusely for not being present to honor the committee’s invitation last week, said what brought him to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland was to focus on preparations and the transfer of the Nigerian contingent to Paris to participate in the Olympics .

“Unfortunately, I was due to appear last week, as the chairman said, I was out of the country on a national assignment to go and discuss the issues of our preparations, our move to Paris to participate in the Olympics. The meeting was necessary, so I had to travel to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to meet with the relevant organizations. That’s exactly what happened, I was on a national assignment.

«I believe that together we can move our country forward through interactions like this so that we can have a very good trip to Paris for the Olympics and make our country proud.»

However, he said that to win an Olympic medal, an athlete must complete four years of training with constant and consistent support and funding to support them.

“Winning a gold medal is not a matter of the year. To win a gold medal, you must start training immediately after the Olympics. In this case, the NOC will follow this tradition. We are working with our partners to make sure we achieve podium success,” said the NOC president.

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