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Minister advises athletes not to ‘burn out’ before Tokyo Olympics

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has advised Nigerian athletes to be more professional and not “burn out” as they prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The minister gave the advice at the 2020 “Women and Sports Dialogue” organised by Fame Foundation on Wednesday in Abuja. Represented by his Special Adviser on Media, John Joshua-Akanji, Dare underscored the need for Nigerian athletes to be physically, mentally and psychologically prepared for the Games “in order to achieve podium finish.” He said: “Ahead of every Olympics, athletes often thread with caution so as not to get injured or fagged out before the sports greatest fiesta. “Sadly, the opposite is always the case with Nigerian athletes as they compete in every opportune competition to earn money. “The resultant effect is that they are psychologically unprepared, physically drained and emotionally tired by the time the games at the Olympics begin.” Dare, however, emphasised the need for adequate preparation, welfare and motivation for the athletes to excel at the Olympics and beyond. He assured them that the Federal Government will continue to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure a good outing for Team Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics. The minister specifically praised the resilience of Nigerian female athletes, describing them as crucial to the success of Nigeria at any international event. “Historically, Nigerian women have always been at the centre of our successes in sports with their exploits in major events like the Olympics, World Athletics Championships, Commonwealth Games, African Games and the World Cup in football,” he said. In her remarks, the Founder of the foundation, Aderonke Bello, said the event was organised to advocate, empower and inspire Nigerian women through sports. Bello said a draft blueprint at the end of the conference would be submitted to the ministry and other stakeholders for research and academic purposes. The conference, with the theme: “Creating a success blueprint for female athletes at the Olympics and beyond,” had dignitaries from the academia and sports in attendance.Tags: John Joshua AkanjiSunday DareTokyo 2020 Olympicslast_img

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