Abuja - The Japanese government has accepted Nigeria’s
request for the kitting of Nigerian sportsmen and women that will participate
in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The President, Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel,
said this at the closing ceremony of the Volleyball Coaches’ Refresher Course
held at the National Stadium, Abuja on Monday.
The Course was organised by the Nigeria Volleyball
Federation (NVBF) in conjunction with the Japanese Olympic Committee.
According to Gumel, the Japanese government has in the past
supported Nigeria with kits during previous appearances at Olympic Games.
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“They (Japanese government) have accepted to provide kits
for our athletes that are travelling to Rio for the Olympic Games coming up in
“And this is not the first time; when we were going to China
(2008), London (2012), I made the requests and they gave them to us at no cost.
“Now, we are going to Rio, I made the request, they are
delivering the items by the grace of God sometime in May at our Embassy in
“From there, it will be here so that it can be distributed
to our own athletes.’’
Gumel, who is also the President of the volleyball
federation, urged the participants at the refresher course to impart the
knowledge they have acquired in their players. Shuishi Mizuno, the Japanese
assistant national volleyball team coach, was the course instructor.
54 coaches from clubs, states, and higher institutions,
participated in the course, which began on Feb. 15.
The coaches received certificates after the course.
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