You carry hopes of millions of Nigerian People – Osinbajo tells Team Nigeria - Tokyo Olympics

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday urged the Nigerian team to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to do their best as they represent the hopes and aspirations of millions of Nigerian People.

Osinbajo made the call at the send-off ceremony for Team Nigeria, formal handover of the Nigerian contingent to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and unveiling of the team's official kit.

The event was held at the State House Conference Hall, Abuja.

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The Vice President told the athletes that their performance at the tournament would be an opportunity to immortalise themselves.

He said, "I am delighted to welcome here today the very best of the best Nigerian Athletes.; the great Nigerian team to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics; 58 outstanding athletes and 18 world class coaches.

"When the Games begin on July 23, you will, as Team Nigeria, be joining other athletes from over 210 countries and territories of the world in the biggest and the most spectacular sporting event on the planet - the Olympic Games.

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"Every one of you participating in the games is opening a page in history for yourself, your families, your community and the nation.

"Your performance at the games will inscribe your names in national and world sporting history; you carry the hopes and aspirations of millions as you compete in Tokyo.

"But you will in this endeavor have the assurance of the prayers and best wishes of all Nigerian People."

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Osinbajo implored the team to be motivated by the great exploits of Ex-Nigerian Olympians.

He cited Chioma Ajunwa who won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics for the long jump and became the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a field event.

Osinbajo also made reference to the Nigerian Olympic football team that won gold at Atlanta 96.

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"The Super Eagles in 1996 who won the gold medal for football, that was the team that had the greats, Augustine Okocha, Celestine Babayaro, Daniel Amokachi, Sunday Oliseh, Taribo West, Kanu Nwankwo, Abiodun Obafemi, Emmanuel Amuneke, Emmanuel Babayaro, Garba Lawal, Joseph Dosu, Kingsley Obiekwu, Mobi Obaraku, Uche Okechukwu, Teslim Fatusi, Tijani Babangida, Victor Ikpeba, and Wilson Oruma.

"That was the year we defeated the world’s best footballing nations, Argentina and Brazil and we all held our heads high.

"And for anyone who thinks we are joking, maybe they haven't seen our exhibition basketball game on Saturday with the USA team, especially that amazing block by Precious Achiuwa against KD {Kevin Durant} who is probably the best player in the NBA right now.

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"So, Precious, you are the real MVP.

"And in the year 2000 in Sydney, again we beat the best in the world.

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