Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare has congratulated Team Nigeria athletes and officials on their record-breaking performance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.Mr. Sunday Dare stated this in his congratulatory message to Team Nigeria and also dedicated the team’s success to President Muhammadu Buhari, who approved various reforms and created the enabling environment for sports to thrive in Nigeria.
Team Nigeria won a total of 35 medals made up of a record 12 gold, 9 silver and 14 bronze medals to rank seventh on the medals table and also Africa’s best ranked Nation at the Games.
The Minister who applauded the performance of the Nigerian team particularly the females, described them as “Phenomenal” adding that the performance is a signpost of better days for Nigerian sports.
Noting that “our athletes have once again demonstrated the true Nigerian spirit.”
Our success in Birmingham is an indication that Nigerian sports is on the rise again inspite of the global economic downturn”
“Our youth have shown the resilience Nigerians are known for and we, as a Sports Ministry will ensure we continue with the reforms we started in 2019 and which have resulted in the geometrical growth of the sector” the Minister concluded.
Many new records were set as old Commonwealth records were broken by Nigerian athletes. Jinxes of over 4 decades of no medals in some sports were also broken.