2018 Commonwealth Games: Nigeria Cleared for Nine sports

The Nigeria Olympic Committee has confirmed that the country has been accredited to feature in nine sports at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games holding in Australia by the Commonwealth Games Federation.

NOC president Habu Gumel told reporters in Lagos that preparations have been at top speed for the Games in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos, where the athletes are camped.

According to the International Olympic Committee member, the athletes will have their last camping in Australia ahead of the April 4-15 Games.

He listed the sports as athletics, boxing, basketball, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling, para-athletics, para-powerlifting and para-table tennis.

“Much as a lot still needs to be done, I must attest that all is set for yet another glorious outing for our contingent in Gold Coast,” the former Nigeria Volleyball Federation boss said.

Gumel said the NOC, in collaboration with the CGF, secured training scholarships for 10 athletes to support their preparations for Gold Coast 2018.

He listed the athletes as Ese Brume (athletics), Praise Idamadudu (athletics), Oluwatobi Amusan (athletics), Caroline Linus (boxing), Loveline Obiji (para-powerlifing) and Chinenye Fidelis (weightlifting).

Others are Paul Kehinde (para-powerlifting), Abdul-Azeez Ibrahim (para-powerlifting), Aruna Quadri (table tennis) and Blessing Oborodudu (wrestling). They are expected to represent the country in Australia.

The IOC chief said the NOC had “applied for the next phase of Olympic traning scholarships for 15 Nigerian elite athletes to support their training and preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games”.

Gumel promised that the committee would support the athletes who will represent the country at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.

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The athletes are Simidele Adeagbo, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga.

He said the country would participate in most of the 21 sports at the 2018 African Youth Games in Algeria from July 19 to 28.

Some of the sports are athletics, beach volleyball, basketball (3×3), boxing, canoeing, wrestling, badminton, handball, rowing, sailing, shooting, fencing, cycling, football, judo and gymnastics.

Seventy countries are scheduled to participate in the XXI Commonwealth Games which have 20 sports, and Nigeria, who came eighth in 2014 edition of the competition in GLagos State Govtow, have opted for events they believe they could win medals.

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