Buhari will host Team Nigeria the following week.

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President Muhammadu Buhari will host members of Team Nigeria at the Presidential Villa before the final batch of the delegation travels for the Games.

Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, verified this on Tuesday in Abuja.

Dare was speaking during a brief send-off ceremony for the team’s first batch, who had left for Japan.

According to the Minister, the force, which would depart in four groups, will be formally “sent forth” by the President on Monday, as is customary.

He explained that the ceremony would also afford the President the opportunity of officially handing over Team Nigeria to the Nigeria Olympic Committee in line with age-long tradition.

He added that President Buhari would also be unveiling the official Team Nigeria uniform to the Games.

“We are keeping to the tradition of unveiling the team to the President who will, in turn, hand them over to the NOC.

“The unveiling of the official wear/equipment will also be done by Mr. President. This is a very symbolic event meant to officially send forth the team to the Games.

“This should also inspire the athletes and reinforce the fact that the Federal Government and the entire country are behind them,” Dare said.


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