Nigerian Envoy Welcome Athletes, Officials To Maputo


Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Mozambique, Mr. Toye Olofintuyi, has urged Nigerian athletes to the 10th All Africa Games in Maputo to do the nation proud.

Olofintuyi spoke on Sunday as two batches of the Nigerian contingent arrived in Maputo for the Games with the remaining batch expected on September 1.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone after the second batch arrived that Nigerians in Mozambique had been mobilised to give the athletes the needed support to boost their morale.

“I have received them and charged them not to fall short of doing the nation proud,’’ Olofintuyi said, noting that they were in high spirits at the Games Village.

“I believe they are ready to go as they will acclimatise and practise will begin this afternoon (Sunday).’’

The high commissioner stated that an official welcome would be held for the team on September 2 after the last batch of athletes and officials would have arrived.

Olofintuyi also said that aside the reception, arrangements had been made with good restaurants run by Nigerians to make Nigerians coming for the Games feel at home.

He added that arrangements had also been made with COJA to ensure medical facilities were available.

The envoy said some Nigerian doctors in Mozambique were also on hand to give support medically if needed.

The Games will hold from September 3 to September 18 and Nigeria will be represented by a contingent of 324 athletes, coaches, medical personnel and secretaries of sports federations.

The athletes will feature in 18 events, including two special sports, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoeing, chess and cycling.

Others are athletics, handball, judo, karate, para-athletics, para-swimming, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon and volleyball.

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