2014 Commonwealth Games athletes deserve commendation from all Nigerians – NOC scribe

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2014 Commonwealth GameABUJA – Tunde Popoola, the Secretary-General, Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), on Monday said all the Nigerian athletes at the just-concluded 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland deserve commendation from all fellow countrymen.

A total of 127 athletes, made up of 65 male and 62 female, represented Nigeria at the Games tagged “Glasgow 2014’’.

Popoola told NAN the athletes not only be commended but supported because they worked very hard ensure the country’s flag flew high at the Games.

“The athletes have done very well and have shown a lot of commitment, maturity and sincerity of purpose by putting Nigeria first.

“They gave it very best, finishing in eighth position overall, and doing so out of 71 countries is quite a commendable .

“They also set so many records, including Commonwealth, Personal Best and Best records.

“I believe with more support, commitment and funding, Nigeria do much better in subsequent editions and especially at the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro,’’ he said.

Popoola also praised Okagbare for making history by becoming the first Nigerian win the double sprint gold medals in the Commonwealth Games.[eap_ad_2]

He commended Emmanuel Uduaghan and Seriake Dickson, governors of Delta and respectively, for relentless support for athletes from states represented Nigeria at the international sports .

“The of Delta was there in Glasgow support state’s athletes. So also was the of came personally support the wrestlers are from state,’’ the NOC Secretary-General said.

He also said Team Nigeria needed to be celebrated by President as part of love for excellence in sports.

“These deserving athletes who have done well for fatherland to be supported, received and celebrated by not only , but by all Nigerians,’’ Popoola said.

NAN reports the Games, which was in its 20th edition, had began on July 23 and ended on Aug. 3.(NAN)[eap_ad_3]