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Tokyo Olympics: Foundation “adopts” Okon-George, Anyanacho

By Muhyideen Jimoh

The African Children Talent Discovery Foundation (ACTDF), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has “adopted” two Nigerian athletes for the Tokyo Olympics, quarter-mile Patience Okon-George and taekwondo star Elizabeth Anyanacho.

ACTDF president Noah Dallaji said Friday in Abuja that the adoption was part of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development’s “Adopt an Athlete” initiative.

In a brief ceremony at the ministry, Dallaji said the adoption would ensure adequate preparation of athletes ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

He said the foundation decided to sponsor the two athletes in order to increase their chances of reaching the podium at the Tokyo Olympics.

“I just met Patience Okon-George for the first time and this is one of our policies, which we adopt on the basis of merit.

“Nigeria is the largest country in Africa. So we expect our athletes to win medals for us at the Tokyo Olympics, ”said Dallaji.

Previously, Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare said the “adopt an athlete” policy was a collaboration with the private sector and state governments.

He said it was designed to ensure the well-being and preparation of Nigerian athletes.

“The ministry will use Dallaji as a signpost for several other Nigerians who have the capacity and resources to support Nigerian athletes,” the minister said.

Dare said government alone cannot fund sport and stressed the need for the private sector to show more commitment in this regard, as is done in developed countries.

The Minister expressed optimism that with the current form of Nigerian athletes and adequate preparations, the Nigeria team would do well at the Olympics.

Okon-George, in his remarks, thanked the Foundation and the Sports Department for the initiative, stressing that the move would propel her to glory.

NAN reports that the ACTDF is adopting the two Olympians-linked athletes to the tune of $ 10,000 (about N5 million) each to boost their Olympic preparations.

The Foundation had sports legends such as Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Babayaro, Tijani Babangida, among others for the ceremony.

The postponed Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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