Olympics: Team Nigeria’s First Batch Departs For Tokyo

The first batch of Team Nigeria Contingent departs for Tokyo Olympics from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun


The first batch contingent of Team Nigeria today, July 6 left for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The team members departed through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

The Director, Federation of Elites Athletes Department (FEAD), Simeon Ebhojiaye in a statement explained that the members include the Canoeing team – Ayomide Bello and her coach Ebenezer Ukwunna; Esther Toko and her coach Regina Enofe of Rowing event alongside Secretary-General Olubunmi Oluode.

Also in the team is the Special Adviser on Sports to the Minister, Mary Onyali; Medical crew of Dr Samuel Ogbondeminu – Okoh Joseph, Abdulsalam Shuaibu, and Ekundayo Ogunkunle.

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Earlier on Monday, an advance team of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development departed via the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

The second batch will depart on July 13th.

Nigeria will be competing in nine sports at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics which runs from July 23rd- August 8th.

The Paralympians will be competing in four sports from August 24-September 5, 2021.

The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare at the send forth ceremony held in Abuja on Tuesday morning said the departure of the team for the Games is evidence that “working in unison, we can collectively, achieve whatever we set our minds to achieve as humans.”

He said all the athletes and officials that would feature at the Games have been severally educated on COVID-19 compliance and anti-doping instructions and urged them to adhere to the rules in order to compete safely and avoid the discomfort of COVID-19 isolation.

“In continuation of his grandiose support to the sports sector, President Muhammdu Buhari has committed enormous resources in the preparation and participation of Team Nigeria for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of this effort, Mr. President would formally unveil the official Team Nigeria uniform for the Games during the presentation of the contingent to His Excellency, by the Honourable Minister,” Dare added.

The Nigeria contingent to Games is scheduled to move to Tokyo in four batches as follows:

Batch 1: July 6, 2021

Canoe Sprint


Table Tennis


Batch 2: July 13, 2021





Batch 3: July 17, 2021




Batch 4: July 19, 2021


I Didn’t Abandon Flying Eagles – Obuh

Coach John Obuh; the Head Coach of the U-20 national team the Flying Eagles has finally opened to clear the air on the reports that made the rounds that he abandoned his team to send home his unhappiness over unpaid wages by the football federation; the NFF (Nigeria Football Federation).

Obuh explained that the reasons why he didn’t travel with the team to Egypt on Monday two friendly games against the junior Pharaohs was that he had pressing family issues to attend to as he couldn’t hide his disappointment over the reports that he abandoned the Flying Eagles at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja over unpaid salaries.

The Flying Eagles will engage the Junior Pharaohs on Wednesday and Friday at the Degla Stadium in Cairo ahead of the 2013 Africa Youth Championships.

Obuh described those who brought up such report as reckless and mischievous, stating that these kinds of motives are what is relegating Nigerian football.