The Minister of Sports, Professor Taoheed Adedoja has reassured Nigerians that preparations for the 10th All-Africa Games to be held in Maputo, Mozambique from September 3 - 18, 2011 is on the right track.
Prof. Adedoja, who doubles as the Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC) said in Abuja that Nigerians should be rest assured that the Commission was preparing Team Nigeria adequately for the games.
“Preparations for the All-Africa Games is an on-going exercise. It is continuous and camping of athletes is just one aspect of it,” Adedoja said.
“Camping is only an aspect of the preparation; there are other very important aspects, such as the exposure of athletes to various competitions both home and abroad so if we don't have all athletes in camp for the games at the moment, Nigerians should not be alarmed. We are really preparing.
“The competitions they are partaking in now helps to keep them busy and not just being kept in camps. The point is that our athletes are currently busy in many competitions across the world.” “For example, our Paralympics athletes are in Dubai for a competition and they have been doing well and setting new records."
“This, I can confidently inform, is part of their preparations not only for the AAG but the 2012 Olympics in London,” he added.
Adedoja who noted that Nigeria will be participating with about 800 athletes, also mentioned that various sports federations whose athletes would be representing Nigeria in Mozambique had been staging various local competitions while also sending them to international competitions.