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Nigeria to participate in 9 games-FG

Nigeria’s Minister for Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare says the country went through an exhaustive process to determine the nine sports that would fly the flag of the country at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. 

In a chat with newsmen in Abuja, the Minister said, Nigeria would leverage on sports in which the country has sports men and women amongst the top 10 or 15 globally.

Nigeria will be competing in Athletics, Wrestling, Boxing, Karate, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Para-athletics, Para-powerlifting and Para-table tennis.

Amongst others, medal prospects include World No. 11 in Table Tennis Aruna Quadri, reigning African Games Table Tennis champion, Omotayo Olajide alongside 2022 African Table Tennis Cup finalist, Fatima Bello, Esther Oribamise and Ajoke Ojomu.

In Athletics, African 100m Wowen’s hurdle record holder, Oluwatobiloba Amusan, National 100m champion, Favour Ashe, Africa’s second fastest women’s 200m sprinter Favour Ofili, World U-20 200m Champion, Udodi Onwuzurike are a few of the medal prospects for the country.

In Wrestling, Commonwealth champions, Blessing Oborududu and Odunayo Adekuoroye represent huge threats to opponents in their different weight classes.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games is officially known as the XXII Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Birmingham 2022, is scheduled to be held in Birmingham, England from 28 July to 8 August 2022.

Writing by Marian Benjamin; editing by Muzha Kucha