Thursday, October 14, 2010

NOC to Set Africa Games, Olympics Benchmark for Federations

The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has resolved to set a benchmark for all sports federations in the country for participation in the next editions of the All Africa Games and Olympic Games.
Disclosing this in a communiqué at the end of its Executive Board meeting held in Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, India, the NOC also congratulated Team Nigeria for its sterling performance at the  X1X Commonwealth Games in India that ends today, saying it was a sign of a better hope for Nigerian sports and a challenge to restore Nigerian sports to where it belongs.
"At the end of its Executive Board meeting held in New Delhi, India, the NOC agreed to set up a benchmark for teams to meet ahead of the next All Africa Games and the 2012 Olympics in Botswana and London respectively.
The communiqué, signed by Tunde Popoola, also noted that the sterling performance would positively improve the image of the Nigeria Olympic Committee and restore its credibility by making it the mouthpiece of Sports Federations.
That it will continue to partner with the National Sports Commission, ANOCA, IOC and private institutions in a bid to improve the dwindling image of sports in the country.
The NOC, according to the communiqué, also resolved to visit Lagos, Delta, Rivers, Taraba, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kwara and Gombe, states identified to be doing well in sports as a means of encouraging them to do more in the area of grassroots development.

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