Queen’s Baton Relay ends tour of Nigeria

As the Queen’s Baton Ralay wraps up its tour of Nigeria after being welcomed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, stakeholders in the Olympic family have stated that Nigeria’s status as the first point of arrival of the Baton in Africa signifies the country’s alignment with Commonwealth nations around the world.

Engr. Habul Gumel, President of the Nigeria Commonwealth Games, made the announcement shortly after an athlete relay and boat ride with the Baton at Jabi Lake, as well as a city tour across Abuja, which marked the end of the Baton’s trip in Nigeria.

The arrival of the Baton in Nigeria on Friday, October 15, 2021, according to him, is very significant, as seen by the reception.

Engr. Gumel assured that already, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare has constituted a committee for the Games, and beginning from November, Nigeria will intensify her preparations with efforts also being made to get the athletes ready for the Games.

He commended the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare and the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, in particular, for its commitment and investment in sporting infrastructure in the country.

Earlier in his remarks, the Director, Federations, Elite Athletes Department, (FEAD), in the Ministry, Dr Simon Ebhojaiye noted that the symbolism associated with the baton is aimed at drawing attention to the fact that Nigeria is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and frontline in the Commonwealth Games, stressing that the country is ready for extraordinary performance at the Commonwealth outings.

He added that going by the programme for the Queens Baton Relay in Abuja, the team will leave Nigeria today for Gambia, Sierra Leone and will go round the participating countries before arriving the city of Birmingham, host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in July, 2022.

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