2020 Olympics: 11 Nigerian athletes get IOC scholarship
Written by Uthy on March 21, 2019
The Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) has secured scholarship for 11 Nigerian athletes from the International Olympics Committee (IOC) ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games.
Phemmy Adetula, Public Relations Officer of NOC, said in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday that the athletes were captured in the IOC scholarship scheme for 2019.
The athletes that would be benefiting from the scholarships are; 100 metres hurdler and reigning Commonwealth Gold medallist, Oluwatobiloba Amusan and Portugal based table tennis star, Aruna Quadri.
Others include; Commonwealth Games Wrestling Champion in the 53kg category, Odunayo Adekuoroye, Blessing Oborodudu (Wrestling) and Nathaniel Glory Onome (Athletics), Nathaniel Samson (Athletics).
Adeniyi Aminat (Wrestling), Adesanmi Oluwatoyin (Weightlifting), Italy based table tennis talent, Omotayo Olajide and taekwondo duo of Adamu Abubakar and Otuadinma Uzoamaka are other athletes to benefit from the scheme.
Habu Gumel, President of NOC, described the gesture from IOC as a welcome development.
Gumel said the gesture would go a long way in exposing the athletes to quality training facilities, specialised coaches, regular medical and scientific assistance ahead of the Olympics Games in Tokyo.
He said that the athletes benefiting from the scholarship would also enjoy lodging costs and travel to Olympic qualification competitions.
“These 11 athletes were carefully selected out of the numerous applications from Nigerian athletes home and abro