NOC partners RCCG on Tokyo 2020 Olympics
The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has entered a partnership with the Directorate of Sports of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG),which is expected to help the country produce athletes that would win medals make at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the NOC and the RCCG was signed on Tuesday at the boardroom of the Olympic Committee in Lagos, NOC Secretary General, Tunde Popoola and the committee’s administrator, Emma Nweri signing on behalf of the body, while Head, RCCH Sports Directorate, Pastor Paul Bankole, signed on behalf of the church.
The partnership between the RCCG and the NOC, according to Pastor Paul Bankole, was a prompt attempt to actualize the word of knowledge given by the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on April 4, 2014 that “there are Olympic stars in the RCCG. The General Overseer went further to say that Nigeria would again win Olympic gold medals at the 2020 Olympics.
“To actualize this awesome dream, we have gone into partnership with the Nigeria Olympic Committee and formulated a five-year development programme starting with the forthcoming Sports Summit, which has been scheduled to hold at the Youth Centre of the RCCG at the Redemption Camp on December 7, 2015.
The theme of the Summit is ‘Maximising the Potential of Nigerian Youth, Teenagers and Children Towards the 2020 Olympic Games: Roles of the Church, Corporate Organisations, Media and Government.’
Bankole noted the RCCG has picked a number of sports as areas where Team Nigeria has the biggest potential to excel at the Tokyo Games.
He added: “The specific sports are Wrestling, Table Table, Tennis, Athletics, Martial Arts, Swimming, Boxing, Basketball and Cycling.
“These sports have been earmarked for laurels during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics hence the need to embark on a five-year search and groom programme to discover potential Olympic stars amongst millions of our youngsters in Nigeria.”
After signing the agreement, an excited Popoola said, “we in the Olympic Committee are very happy to be associated with the RCCG’s vision for Nigeria to win gold and other shades of medals at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The package the RCCG is giving Nigeria is much and huge, others organisations should t.ake a cue from this.
“The RCCG Redemption Camp has everything that has to do with sports development. It has the land for the package they are championing and also the facilities. They have the vision and determination, the structure, personnel and the leadership to make Nigerian sports great again. It is a place where the country can achieve the vision to ensure Team Nigeria wins gold and other medals at the 2020 Olympics.
What the RCCG are doing is a wide deviation from the usual Nigerian style of ‘fire brigade’ approach ahead of international competitions, that is why we are cueing into the vision of the RCCG and we shall be the Technical Partners in this project aimed at returning Nigeria to the world map of sports.”
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