Commonwealth Games: Your performance a special parting gift for me, Buhari tells Nigerian athletes
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the performance of the Nigerian athletes who brought smiles to citizens as “a special parting gift” during the 22nd Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022.
Buhari commended the display of the “94 worthy ambassadors” that proudly flew the Nigerian flag in nine sporting events, and for those exciting moments, breaking world, national and games records, as well as achieving personal bests in their career, representing the country gloriously in the competition.
The President had joined millions of other sports-loving Nigerians to watch some of the colourful and spectacular moments in the 11-day competition, which had no fewer than 5,000 athletes representing 72 nations and territories, competing in 280 medal events.
Saluting the memorable display of Team Nigeria athletes in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, he expressed confidence that with 35 medals, including 12 gold, 9 silver and 14 bronze harvested already on the late evening of the 10th day of the Games, and more medals likely for the country on the last day, thanking the athletes for competing among the best in the world and displaying the God-given attributes of the real Nigerian- never give up, strive to the end.
He noted that “majority of the medals so far, including 12 gold for the country, were championed by our talented young women and girls,” including multi medalist Tobi Amusan (100m Women’s Hurdle and 4x100m Relay), Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, Grace Nwokocha (4x100m Relay); Miesinnei Mercy Genesis (50 kg), Blessing Oborududu (57 kg) and Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) in Women’s Freestyle wrestling; as well as Adijat Adenike Olarinoye (55kg) and Rafiatu Folashade Lawal (59kg) in Women’s weightlifting.
Other gold medalists are Folashade Oluwafemiayo, Women’s heavyweight Para Powerlifting, Eucharia Iyiazi, Women’s shot put, Chioma Onyekwere and Goodness Nwachukwu in Women’s Discus throw, and Ese Brume, long jump.
“We are proud of these achievements and the memories will linger with the nation forever and for me this is a special moment and a fitting parting gift, being my last Commonwealth Games as Head of State,” Buhari said.
Buhari also lauded the coaching crew and team officials for their passion for sports development in the country, assuring them that history will remember them for all their contributions to making the nation’s athletes shine in the international arena.