The British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Catriona Laing has charged the nation’s athletes to use the 2022 Birmingham Games to demonstrate Nigeria’s sporting potentials amongst the Commonwealth member nations.
Laing gave the charge at the Farewell reception for Nigeria Commonwealth athletes and officials in Abuja.
Laing who described Birmingham 2022 as a ‘home Games’ for every nation competing, called on Nigerian contingent to get set for the best of moments in Birmingham. “Don’t forget the sacrifices you’ve made and use that memory, that muscle memory, that energy to pull you through your most challenging moments. In the end it is only you who can give your best. Hosting the games is a real Privilege for the UK. It’s a wonderful chance for us to welcome again to the UK this huge family.
We look forward to celebrating the Commonwealth through sports that will bring us closer together”
According to Lain “Birmingham is a great location for the games, it is a modern and bustling Metropolis. It’s also one of our most diverse cities and a true multicultural destination with great food and Culture.
“There are thousands of members of the Nigerian diaspora that live there so you should be able to find your homely Jollof Rice in an African themed restaurants of Take Away somewhere in town”
Basking on the euphoria of Nigeria’s performance at Tokyo Olympics last year, Youth and Sports Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare, said the athletes have what it takes to give Nigeria credible representation at the games.
President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumel, urged the athletes to make Nigeria proud at the competition by competing clean.
The athletes who graced the Farewell reception in their green white national track suite expressed appreciation to the British Council for the honour, promised to give their best at the Games.
Benson Adeyinka is a 75kg Middleweight Boxer “am ready to go out there a win medals for Nigeria”
For Olarinoye Adenike, a 55kg Category Weightlifter “am happy for this dinner and we have resolved to give Nigeria credible representation at the games”
56 member countries and 18 territories are expected to compete at 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will begin on Thursday 28 July and ends on Monday August 8.
Reporting by Ndubueze Chidoka, editing by Daniel Adejo