Dare: Nigeria to compete in 9 sports at C’wealth Games 2022 due to limited resources

Sunday Dare, the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, has revealed why Nigeria has only prioritized nine sports at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Commonwealth Games are billed from July 28 to August 8.

Speaking on Sunday, Dare said Nigeria had gone through an exhaustive process to scientifically analyze and determine the nine sports it would take part in the games.

The minister added that the country will only participate in sports where “we have our athletes among the top 10 or 15 in the world” due to “limited resources”.

“We are doing the best we can, so we decided that based on limited resources and very scientific analysis, we would like to take advantage of the sports in which we have our athletes among the top 10 or 15 in the world,” Dare said. .

“If in a particular sport we are 128th in the world and the goal of going to the Commonwealth Games is to get on the podium and not to repeat, we will not go where we are ranked so low. We’ve pulled out all the stats and crunched the numbers to pick the sports we’re strong in, so we’re going with a smaller squad but to compete in a big way.

Nigeria will compete in athletics, wrestling, boxing, judo, table tennis, weightlifting, para-athletics, para-powerlifting and para-table tennis.

Among the participants are Aruna Quadri, no. 11 in table tennis; Omotayo Olajide, reigning African Table Tennis Games champion and 2022 Africa Table Tennis Cup finalists – Fatima Bello, Esther Oribamise and Ajoke Ojomu.

In athletics, Oluwatobiloba Amusan, African record holder in the women’s 100m hurdles; Favor Ashe, the national 100m champion, Favor Ofili, Africa’s second fastest female sprinter in the 200m, and Udodi Onwuzurike, the U-20 world 200m champion, are also among the medal hopefuls.

In wrestling, Commonwealth champions Blessing Oborududu and Odunayo Adekuoroye will pose a huge threat to opponents in their various weight classes.

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