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Nigerian athletes join dancers performing during a welcoming ceremony for Nigeria's Olympic team at the Athletes' Village ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 3, 2016. Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP

Nigerian athletes join dancers performing during a welcoming ceremony for Nigeria’s Olympic team at the Athletes’ Village ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 3, 2016.<br />Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP

As the 2016 Rio Olympic Games commence today in Brazil, organizers of the Nigerian Sports Award (NSA), have urged all athletes representing Nigeria to give their best and go for gold.

A total of 75 athletes are representing Nigeria in various sport categories in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

According to the Executive Director of Unmissable Incentives, Kayode Idowu, the athletes participating in the Games must ensure they improve on the country’s poor performances at London 2012 by giving their best at every point of the competition.

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“Nigerians are expecting so much from Team Nigeria in Rio. They want to see that every single athlete from Nigeria wins a medal, and this can only be achieved through strong focus and determination,” he said.

In honour of one of Nigeria’s greatest sportsman, the Nigerian Sports Award (NSA) in its own unique way, paid tribute to the legend, late Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, by providing the customized jerseys worn by ex-international footballers during the novelty match played in his honour at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, last Thursday.

Late Keshi was a recipient of the prestigious Nigerian Sports Award at the 2nd edition of the Award in 2013, where he was conferred the Coach of the Year Award.
A member of the Nigerian Sports Award Panel, Ejiro Omonode, said the gesture to honour Keshi was to recognize him as a legend, player and coach, as well as a past winner of the Nigerian Sports Award.


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