The ministry plans to hand over the delegation to the NOC on Monday

The ministry plans to hand over the delegation to the NOC on Monday

Basketball team arrives in Germany; IWF sends two weightlifters to Olympics

The Federal Ministry of Sports Development is on Monday set to hand over the country’s delegation to the 2024 Paris Olympics to the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC), an official at the ministry disclosed.

The handover ceremony to the NOC, the traditional custodian of the Olympic delegation, is the final event to be held by the ministry before the delegation departs for the Olympics.

According to sources, the ceremony in Abuja will be attended by officials of the participating sports federations and athletes from across the country who competed.

“After the ceremony, the athletes will fly to Germany to continue their preparations at a camp site secured by the ministry for the country's final preparations for the Olympics.”

“The women's basketball team, Ditigress, has already arrived in Germany, while the Super Falcons, who are in Spain to take part in the pre-tournament championships, will move to their training camp immediately after the tournament ends,” she said.

Meanwhile, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has announced that two Nigerian athletes will compete in the Olympic Games. According to an IWF statement, the two athletes, Folashade Lawal (59kg) and Joy Ogbonne Eze (71kg), will be flying the Nigerian flag based on their final Olympic qualification rankings.

In the women’s 71kg category, Folashade Lawal is currently ranked 8th and Joy Ogbonne Eze is ranked 9th.

“We are very pleased and excited to announce the list of outstanding athletes for the Paris Olympic Games. It has been a long and challenging journey for all the athletes who worked hard to qualify, and we offer our heartfelt congratulations to all the lifters involved in this process,” said IWF President Mohamed Jaroud. “Special congratulations to all the athletes who ultimately secured their Olympic spots.”


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