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Nigeria’s President Mohammadu Buhari has honoured outstanding athletes in a reception at the State House, Thursday in Abuja.

The President approved National Hoours of Officer of the Order of the Niger and cash rewards of N200m for Team Nigeria contingents to the 2022 Commonwealth Games and World Athletics Championships.

Buhari stated that he was pleased with the commitment of the athletes which they deserve reward for the recent stellar performance at international competitions. The President congratulated all the awardees and recipients, he expressed confidence that this will spur them to greater heights.

“I watched with millions of Nigerians those exciting moments when you all brought smiles to us and our homes by breaking world, national and games records, as well as achieving personal best in your careers.”

“Your outstanding performance in recent times are consistent with the determination of a nation always yearning for excellent performance. ‘You all, members of Team Nigeria have ignited the spirit for victory in our nation but even more you have been victorious in major sporting championships and games.

“I have followed keenly your achievements at World Championships in Oregon USA and indeed your remarkable performance at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

“And I am very pleased that you have displayed at both the personal and group levels sporting talents and delivered for your country great podium performance,” President Buhari said in a stamen issued by spokesman, Femi Adesina.

The President acknowledge that their hour of sporting glory and exploits beamed the “radar of the world on Nigeria”, adding that, their projecting the positive image of country has placed Nigeria in another pedal of recognition at the global stage.

Both gold medal winners and other medal winners were called out for the honours, including world world champion in 100m hurdles, Tobilola Amusan, Ese Brume, Blessing Oborodudu, Oluwafemiayo Folashade, Taiwo Liadi, Ikechukwu Obichukwu. Bose Omolayo, Favour Ofili, Nasiru Sule, Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi, Ebikewenimo Wlson, Hannah Rueben and Elixabeth Oshoba were other recipients

The Nigeria President expressed satisfaction with the impact the Adopt-An –Athlete initiative of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports had on the performance of the athlete. At the world athletic championships in Oregon, USA, Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan won gold and broke the world record in 100m hurdles, Ese Brume was outstanding in the Long Jump, while Favour Ofili had a sterling performance coupled with other recipients too.

Tobi Amusan also defended her Commonwealth Games title, having won gold in 2018 and set a new Games record in 2022 in Birmingham. The Nigerian track stars defended the Diamond League title in Zurich, Switzerland earlier this month, while Ese Brume was victorious in Long Jump. 

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