With the 2012 summer Olympics just few months away, Chairman of the Ministerial Advisory and Coordinating Committee on Nigeria’s participation at the summer Olympics, Alhassan Yakmut has said that plans are in top gear to ensure Nigeria’s successful participation at the games.
Yakmut, who gave this assurance in Abuja Thursday said that so far a total of six out of eight Federations billed to take part at the Games have completed the qualification championships. They are Athletics; Canoeing, Table Tennis, Wrestling, Weightlifting and Taekwondo.
According to him, the Basketball qualifier is billed to take place in June while Boxing too is yet to conclude its qualification series.
As at the time of filing in this report a total of 46 athletes comprising 24 males and 22 females have qualified for the Olympics proper, while in the Paralympics 34 athletes made up of 21 males and 13 females have thus far qualified for the Olympic Games.
Yakmut said that Nigerian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the athletics events (up to a maximum of three athletes in each event at the ‘A’ Standard, and one at the ‘B’ Standard)
He further revealed that the Nigeria contingent is scheduled to move into the Olympics village on July 18 to enable them have adequate access to the training facilities.
In respect to doping, the Chairman said that Nigeria have put in place adequate measures to ensure “a clean doping bill” at the Games. This will include putting in place three sets of anti-doping exercises with the first set concluded for pre-qualification.
On the issue of funding, the chairman stated that budgetary consideration will not affect Nigeria’s participation as the management of the NSC had taken proactive measures to ensure a successful outing for Team Nigeria.
“The Honourable Minister has approved training grants for independent athletes to boost their morale, ameliorate their conditions and assist them in offsetting training costs” he added.
Nigeria is scheduled to compete at the 2012 Olympics Games in London, United Kingdom from July 27 to August 12, 2012