- President Muhammadu Buhari has splashed a whopping sum of N200million on Team Nigeria
- Nigerian athletes stunned the World Athletics Championships and also performed well at the 2022 Commonwealth Games
- The incredible Tobi Amusan was presented with the national award of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON)
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N200million for members of Team Nigeria that made the country proud at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and World Athletics championships.
A special reception was held to honour the record-breaking athletes at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday, September 15.
Buhari stated that his administration is committed to rewarding excellence as he congratulated all the awardees and recipients, expressing confidence that this will spur them to greater heights.
Nigeria won 12 gold, 9 silver, and 14 bronze - a total of 35 medals at the games.
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Tobi Amusan, who won gold in the women’s 100m hurdles, was awarded the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), while other gold medalists were presented with Member of the Order of the Niger (MON).
In a statement signed by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the president said as per Vanguard:
“I watched with millions of Nigerians those exciting moments when you all brought smiles to us and our homes by breaking world, national and games records, as well as achieving personal best in your careers.
”Your outstanding performances in recent times are consistent with the determination of a nation always yearning for excellent performance.
”You all, members of Team Nigeria have ignited the spirit for victory in our nation but even more you have been victorious in major sporting championships and games.
”I have followed keenly your achievements at the World Championships in Oregon USA and indeed your remarkable performance at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
”And I am very pleased that you displayed at both the personal and group levels great sporting talents and delivered for your country great podium performances.”
Ese Brume wins Diamond League
Sports Brief earlier reported that Sensational Nigerian athlete Ese Brume has emerged as the Women’s Long Jump event winner at the Diamond League Meet right inside the Allianz Memorial Van Damme in Brussels, Belgium.
The 26-year-old leapt a distance of 6.83m to finish in the first position ahead of Quanesha Burks of the United States, who finished second with 6.54m and Italian Larissa Lapichino in the third position with 6.52.
In the previous editions, Brume came close to the first position, finishing 2nd in Doha in 2018 and 2nd in Eugene in 2022.