Minister Meets Basket ball Federation, tells board to start Olympics preparations now

Sunday Dare

Mr. Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, recently, met the Board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, as part of the ongoing engagement with sports Federations to kick off preparations for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The Minister commended the board of NBBF for Nigeria’s recent successes at continental and international tournaments,noting that Nigerians expect more successes. He however cautioned that these victories should not lull them into unpreparedness.

“I have seen two years of incredible growth and performance in Nigerian basketball. You are expected to sustain this and to do this,you need a Board that is performing, a coaching crew that is committed and players that are good. For the Olympics, we start counting from now. We have just ten months. About 300 days. Other countries started several years ago.We must start our camps and start preparing. If there are issues that will mitigate the game we must start tackling them now,” Mr Dare stressed.

NBBF President, AhmaduKida Musa, told theMinister that male basketball team, D’Tigers has automatically qualified for the Olympics, while the female team, D’Tigress, has bright chances of qualifying.

He said “I am very confident that our girls will scale thought their qualifiers and perform at the Olympics.”

Lere-Adams A.B
Director, Press & Public Relations