President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumel, has praised the efforts of Nigerian athletes at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, after they won 35 medals to become the number one African nation on the Commonwealth Games medals table.
Gumel lauded the country’s athletes, coaches and support staff after Nigeria emerged first African nation on the medals log of the Commonwealth Games with 12 gold, nine silver and 14 bronze medals, Nigeria’s best outing in 15t appearances at the Games.
“This is the most remarkable outing in terms of gold medals, which are 12. We’re very proud of the efforts of the sports minister, Sunday Dare, who worked tirelessly with the NOC to ensure the best welfare packages for the athletes,” Gumel, a member of the International Olympic Committee, said.
Gumel said two of the athletes, who excelled at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon last month, Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume, alongside 12 other top athletes were on the sponsorship of the IOC.
“We have 14 of our notable Grade A athletes on this scheme and we have never failed to give them their training and school grants.”
Team Nigeria attained the feat with all 12 gold medals won by Nigerian women athletes.
NOC secretary, Banji Oladapo, added, “Nigeria has a very long and proud sporting history of women doing well in sports. We salute their gallantry and also salute the efforts of the men and those who could not get a medal. Team Nigeria displayed great sportsmanship in Birmingham and for that, we are proud of them.”
He noted that the NOC would continue to work with the sports ministry to ensure that Nigerian athletes were not left out in the scholarship programmes of the IOC.