President Muhammadu Buhari authorised National Honours and N200 million cash rewards for Team Nigeria delegations to the 2022 Commonwealth Games and World Athletics Championships on Thursday in Abuja.
The president said his government is committed to rewarding excellence, especially for members of Team Nigeria who sparked the national spirit of winning via outstanding performances at international events, while speaking at a banquet held in their honor.
Congratulating all of the awardees and recipients, Buhari described the athletes as champions, worthy ambassadors, national heroes, and heroines, and expressed confidence that this will propel 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,” Buhari said.
“Your outstanding performances 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 the World Championships in Oregon USA and indeed your remarkable performance at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom,” he added.
”And I am very pleased that you displayed at both the personal and group levels great sporting talents and delivered for your country great podium performances.”
The president remarked to the athletes that Nigeria was on the “radar of the globe” during their moment of sporting success and that their accomplishments had significantly boosted the country’s goodwill.
The president expressed satisfaction with the effect the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports’ Adopt-An-Athlete Initiative had on athletes’ performances, reiterating the administration’s commitment to creating the conditions that will allow young people to advance to the top of their chosen professions.
Buhari asked more private citizens and business organizations to support the government’s investment in sports, which has been reclassified from a leisure activity to a business in accordance with current norms around the world.
Tobi Amusan, the 100-meter hurdles world record holder, was a member of the team that gave honor to the country by winning gold medals in each competition she competed in at the 2022 commonwealth games in Birmingham.