The Minister of Youth and Sport, Barrister Solomon Dalung has described his delegation’s visit to Rio, venue of the forthcoming Olympic Games as indispensable expressing satisfaction with the facilities put in place by the host country.
Barrister Dalung made the remark after a three day visit of facilities in Rio to be used by Nigerian athletes during the games.
According to the Minister, the visit was necessary to enable the ministry to plan ahead for the games.
A five man delegation consisting of the minister, President and Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr Habu Gumel and Tunde Popoola, as well as the Director General of the National Sports Commission Alhassan Yakmut and the Director Federations and Elite Athletes Department Mrs Hauwa-Kulu Akinyemi had visited facilities and the games village where Nigerian athletes will be residing throughout the games.
The delegation which was also scheduled for inspection of facilities with the Malaysian delegation visited the Riocentro Convention Centre which will host Badminton, table tennis and weightlifting events as well as the Carioca Arena 1&2 which will host basketball, judo and wrestling.
The delegation also visited the Maracana Stadium which will host the opening and closing ceremonies and football matches and the Olympic Stadium for track and field events.
The Rio Olympic Games start from August 5 – 21 2016. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees, including Kosovo and South Sudan for the first time, will take part in the 31st Olympiad.
Nigeria will compete in athletics, canoeing, table tennis, men’s football, wrestling, power lifting and men’s basketball.