Monday, April 4, 2011

London 2012: Team Nigeria Now To Camp In Surrey

THE Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, and the National Sports Commission, NSC, have changed camp sites for Team Nigeria for their 2012 Olympic Games preparation. The Nigerian flag bearers would now camp at the University of Surrey and the Guildford Spectrum.
Loughborough University was earlier selected to be Team Nigeria’s camp site, but for logistic reasons, the University which would also host the British Olympic Team and the Japanese Olympic Team would not play host to the Nigerians.
Secretary General of the NOC, Tunde Popoola who was in London with NSC officials said that they had gone to great length to secure University of Surrey and the Guildford Spectrum with its state of the art facilities for Team Nigeria. “It is an excellent place with all modern facilities, world class coaches that will assist our coaches and athletes, and health and medical support to put them in tip-top form,” Popoola said of the new camp.
“Our number one priority is to ensure that Team Nigeria have the best possible preparation environment to be able to excel at the Games. That is why we want the best environment for them. And this place is ideal,” he said.
Surrey borders London and is less than thirty minutes by train from the centre and the two UK’s main international airports, Heathrow and Gatwick are on the edge of the county. Surrey has a strong sporting heritage and home to the training base of Chelsea Football Club in Cobham.
The NOC scribe also said that athletes who would want to conceal injury would not have their way as the excellent medical facilities in Surrey would detect it as they provide facilities for drug tests too.

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