President Muhammadu Buhari has joined millions of other sports-loving Nigerians in celebrating the athletes that represented Nigeria gloriously in the 22nd Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022.
The president also watched some of the colourful and spectacular moments in the 11-day competition, with no fewer than 5,000 athletes representing 72 nations and territories, competing in 280 medal events.
In a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Sunday in Abuja, Buhari saluted the impressive display of Team Nigeria athletes.
The President commended the 94 worthy ambassadors that proudly flew the Nigerian flag in nine sporting events, and for those exciting moments when the medalists brought smiles to citizens’ faces by breaking world, national, and games records, as well as achieving personal bests in their career.
With 35 medals, including 12 gold, 9 silver, and 14 bronze harvested already on the late evening of the 10th day of the games. More medals are likely for the country on the last day, the President thanks the shining stars of Nigeria for competing among the best in the world and displaying the God-given attributes of the real Nigerian-never give up, strive to the end.
According to the President, it is noteworthy that the majority of the medals so far, including 12 gold for the country, were championed by Nigeria’s talented young women and girls, including multi-medalist, Tobi Amusan, 100m Women’s Hurdle and 4x100m Relay, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, Grace Nwokocha, 4x100m Relay, Miesinnei Mercy Genesis, 50 kg, Blessing Oborududu, 57 kg, and Odunayo Adekuoroye, 57kg, in Women’s Freestyle wrestling, as well as Adijat Adenike Olarinoye, 55kg, and Rafiatu Folashade Lawal, 59kg, in Women’s weightlifting.
Other gold medalists are Folashade Oluwafemiayo, Women’s heavyweight Para Powerlifting, Eucharia Iyiazi, Women’s shotput, Chioma Onyekwere, and Goodness Nwachukwu in Women’s Discus throw, and Ese Brume, long jump.
The President also lauds the coaching crew and team officials for their passion towards the development of sports in the country, assuring them that history will remember them for all their contributions to making the athletes shine in the international arena.
Reporting by Abdullah Bello, editing by Daniel Adejo