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Rio Olympics; Dalung Meets With Federation Presidents

A meeting of sports federations presidents and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung on the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games will hold April 11.

The Secretary-General, Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Tunde Popoola, announced the meeting in an interview with Journalists on Thursday in Lagos.

“We are all working in a synergy but it involves collective idea sharing. No individual can take decisions when it comes to Olympics.

“We will sit to discuss and look at policies and programmes that can work for us as Nigerians,’’ Popoola said, noting that the meeting was a positive course.

The secretary-general said that specific training programmes would be made available to each sport in a specific training institution.

“The athletes must define reasons for going. This is to ensure that it’s for better performance.

“When we look at wrestling, we know Cuba is one of the best places for training because they have superb facilities.

“For table tennis, it is Japan/China with the best facilities. We must also ensure that the best handlers handle the Olympics-bound athletes.

“We have embarked on strategic planning for utmost result,’’ he said.

He added that the seven centres that Nigerian contingent would use had been identified.

“What is left is inspection and final ratification for approval for athletes to make use of them,’’ he said.

Nigeria will feature in seven sports table tennis, wrestling, basketball, athletics, canoe slalom, rowing and football.