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2010 Commonwealth Games: NSC ships in Cuban coaches

By Ben Efe
Sports Minister and National Sports Commission chairman, Ibrahim Bio and Cuban ambassador to Nigeria, Elio Savon Oliva, last weekend, reached an agreement to bring Cuban coaches to help groom Nigerian athletes for the 2010 Commonwealth Games October in New Delhi, India.

The coaches are expected to arrive in the first week of July and join in the camp of Nigerian athletes. They are to handle athletics and boxing.

Bio, who is desirous of making an impression on the Nigeria sports scene wants the Cubans who are very strong in athletics and boxing to collaborate with Nigerian coaches to improve on the two sports, which Nigeria has potentials, but due to lack of development, these talents have wasted away.

“We are looking forward to having the Cuban coaches. In the past they have been helpful to our athletes,”said an official of the NSC.

The agreement is part of bilateral agreement between Nigeria and Cuba. And in the past Cuban coaches have come to Nigeria to help groom Nigerian athletes.


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