Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung has described his delegation’s visit to Rio, venue of the forthcoming Olympic Games as indispensable .
Barrister Dalung made the remark after a three day visit of facilities in Rio to be used by Nigerian athletes during the games.
According to the Minister, the visit was necessary to enable the ministry to plan ahead for the games.
“Nigeria will be taking part in just a few sports and the venues are scattered all over Rio. Our visit to the various venues, some of which are ninety percent ready, was very essential to enable us to plan for our athletes. What we saw gave us a first hand information on what to expect in terms of movement, arrivals, accreditation and distance between games venues and athletes village as well as mode of transportation”.
The Rio Olympic Games start from August 5 – 21, 2016. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees, including Kosovo and South Sudan for the first time, will take part in the 31st Olympiad.
Nigeria will compete in athletics, canoeing, table tennis, men’s football, wrestling, Weightlifting and men’s basketball.