Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Team Nigeria to the Rio 2016 Olympics to desist from involvement in drugs, Sportdaylive reports.
While calling on them to be good ambassadors, Buhari said the country expects medals from the athletes but not in exchange for Nigeria’s dignity.
“As the federal government formally hands over our athletes and officials for the Rio Olympics to the Nigeria Olympic Committee today, I want to charge all athletes and team officials going to the Olympic games to be worthy ambassadors of our great country, both on the field of play and outside the sporting arena.
“The eyes of the global community are on you and as such, you should desist from acts that could dent the image of our great country, Nigeria.”
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Buhari also said in the face of economic hardship in the country, funds released for the Game should be used judiciously, adding that any official who has no business in Rio should stay back home.
“We are all aware of our nation’s dwindling revenue and the current global economic challenges. It is therefore imperative that funds provided for the games are utilized judiciously.
“In this regard, any official who has no business at the games should stay at home to cheer the team from here and if they must travel to the Olympics, they should do so at their own expense.”
News24 reported that Blessing Okagbare and Seye Ogunlewe top the list of Team Nigeria athletes to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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- News24 Nigeria