President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to support the 2018 Commonwealth Games bound athletes with adequate resources for training and participation in Gold Coast, Australia.
The President made the remark at the National Stadium Surulere Lagos where he received the Queen’s Baton Relay team.
Speaking on the occasion, President Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung expressed gratitude that such event has provided a unique opportunity for Nigeria to share in the excitement of the Commonwealth Games.
The President added that Nigeria will be represented by a compact team which will be adequately prepared to do better than its previous outings.
“Our plan is to send a compact team of Athletes to the 2018 Games with the hope of surpassing our outing at the previous Games in terms of medals. Government will not renege in its role of ensuring that the athletes are equipped with adequate resources for training and participation in the competition. I, therefore, urge our sportsmen and women, coaches and other officials to intensify preparations for the Games so as to guarantee victory at the competition “.
Earlier, the leader of the Queen’s Baton Relay team Sam Gideon thanked the federal government and the good people of Nigeria for their warm hospitality and urged the federal government to do all it can to prepare the athletes ahead of the games.
The count down to 100 days to the commencement of the Commonwealth Games begins today.