The Secretary-General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Tunde Popoola, confirmed yesterday that Nigeria would feature in seven sports at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Games will hold between July 23 and August 3. Popoola told NAN in Lagos that the sports were athletics, table tennis, wrestling, boxing, weightlifting, shooting and all the sports for the physically challenged (para-sports).
“We are participating only in sports that we believe we have medal winning prospects. “We are going with the precise number of athletes that would be competing in the Games and no room for jamboree. “We are assuring Nigerians that we are not going into the Games for jamboree but to win medals,” he said. According to him, the Games will be a spectacular one because all hands are already on deck to ensure that the country has outstanding performance.
“The National Sports Commission and the NOC are in a synergy to ensure that both parties achieve a common goal. ‘There is maximum cooperation between the two parties, finance is better managed and channeled to the right places,” he said. Nigeria was ninth at the last Games in New Delhi, India in 2010 with 11 gold, eight silver and 14 bronze medals.