As the curtain fell on the 22nd Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari has celebrated the athletes who gloriously represented Nigeria in the competition.

The president joined millions of other sports-loving Nigerians to watch some of the colorful and spectacular moments in the 11-day competition, which saw 5,000 athletes representing 72 nations and territories competing in 280 medal events.

Saluting the memorable display of Team Nigeria athletes, the President praised the “94 worthy ambassadors who proudly flew the Nigerian flag at nine sporting events, and for those exciting moments when medalists made us smile by breaking records.” world, national and games”. , in addition to achieving personal bests in his career.

With 35 medals, including 12 gold, 9 silver and 14 bronze, already collected by the late afternoon of the 10th day of the Games, with the country likely to win more medals on the last day, the president thanked the brilliant Nigerian stars to compete. among the best in the world and displaying the God-given attributes of the true Nigerian: never give up, push yourself till the end.

According to the president, “it is noteworthy that most of the medals so far, including 12 golds for the country, have been won by our talented young women and girls, including multi-medalist Tobi Amusan (women’s 100m hurdles and 4x100m relay). ), Favor Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, Grace Nwokocha (4x100m Relay); Miesinnei Mercy Genesis (50 kg), Blessing Oborududu (57 kg) and Odunayo Adekuoroye (57 kg) in women’s freestyle wrestling; as well as Adijat Adenike Olarinoye (55kg) and Rafiatu Folashade Lawal (59kg) in women’s weightlifting”.

Other gold medalists include Folashade Oluwafemiayo, Women’s Heavyweight Para Powerlifting, Eucharia Iyiazi, Women’s Shot Put, Chioma Onyekwere and Goodness Nwachukwu, Women’s Discus Throw, and Ese Brume, Long Jump.

“We are proud of these achievements and the memories will remain 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,” said the president.

The President also praised the coaching staff and team officials for their passion for the development of the sport in the country, assuring them that history will remember them for all their contributions so that our athletes shine in the international arena.

Sports Minister recognizes Nigerian spirit

Sports and Youth Development Minister Sunday Dare also congratulated the Nigerian team athletes and officials on their record-breaking performance at the games.

Nigeria finished seventh in the medal table with a record 35 medals: 12 gold, 9 silver and 14 bronze. The Nigerian team is also the first African nation to qualify for the Games, also the first to participate in the Commonwealth Games.

Nigerian athletes broke old Commonwealth records and set many new records. More than four decades without medals in some sports also broke.

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“The performance of the Nigerian team is excellent, phenomenal and dominant. A sign of better performances to come. Congratulations to the Nigerian team athletes and officials on their historic feat at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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“The athletes have once again shown the true Nigerian spirit,” the Minister said in his congratulatory message.

The Sports Minister dedicated the award to President Buhari, “who passed several reforms and created the right environment for sports to thrive in Nigeria”.

“Our success in Birmingham is an indication that Nigerian sports are on the rise again despite the global economic downturn.

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“Our youth have shown the resilience Nigerians are known for and we as the Ministry of Sports will ensure we continue the reforms we started in 2019 which have resulted in the geometric growth of the sector,” concluded the Hon. Minister .

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