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Commonwealth Games: Buhari Celebrates Team Nigeria

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August 08, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, celebrated the achievements of the Nigerian contingent for making the country proud, by winning 35 medals at the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

As the curtain draws on the Games today, the President, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, described the laurels won by the athletes as “a befitting parting gift to him.”

He noted that the sterling performances of the 94-member team brought smiles to the faces of Nigerians.

The President also lauded the coaching crew and team officials for their passion towards the development of sports in the country.

The statement reads: “The President joined millions of other sports loving Nigerians to watch some of the colourful and spectacular moments in the 11-day competition.

“Saluting the memorable display of Team Nigeria athletes, the President commends 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 our faces by breaking world, national and games records, as well as achieving personal bests in their career.

“With 35 medals, including 12 gold, nine silver and 14 bronze harvested already on the late evening of the 10th day of the Games, and more medals 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’.

“It is noteworthy that majority of the medals so far, including 12 gold for the country, were championed by our 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 shot put, Chioma Onyekwere and Goodness Nwachukwu in Women’s Discus throw, and Ese Brume, long jump.

‘‘We are proud of these achievements and the memories will linger with the nation forever and for me this is a special moment and a fitting parting gift, being my last Commonwealth Games as Head of State.”

The President also lauded the coaching crew and team officials for the passion towards the development of sports in the country, assuring them that history will remember them “for all their contributions in making our athletes shine in the international arena.”