Less than 17 days to the Olympics games, President Muhammadu Buhari urged Nigerian athletes to put in their best and win gold medals in their various events at the Games.
He spoke while officially handing over Team Nigeria to the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) and his during his investiture as the Grand Patron of the NOC in Abuja.
He charged all athletes and team officials going to the Olympic Games to be worthy ambassadors of the great country, both on the field of play and outside the sporting arena.
The president reminded them that “it is more important to compete and acquit your country as a fair sporting nation than to bring a pack of medals by bending the rules and denying the Games of fair competition”.
The President, however, warned them to desist from performance enhancing drugs and other activities that could dent Nigeria image.
Reminding the athletes of recent doping allegations which cast aspersions on individual athletes and their home countries, he said: “Please keep Nigeria clean.”
The menace of drug use in sports, the President said, is threatening the core foundation of sports and has led to embarrassing situations and sanctions of some great sporting nations.