Nigeria begins journey to Paris 2024 Olympics, Africa Games as Sports Minister leads Ministerial retreat on athletes performance

Posted : 13 December 2023

The Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, is leading a ministerial retreat on athletes' performance at the 2024 Olympic and 2024 Africa Games. The focus is on addressing factors responsible for the poor performance of Nigerian athletes at international sports competitions.

In his inaugural address on Wednesday, Senator Enoh emphasized the imperative nature of evaluating strategies pertinent to training regimens, athlete and official codes of conduct, anti-doping education, and the pivotal roles of National Sports Federations in ensuring podium success at the 2024 Africa Games in Ghana and the forthcoming Olympic/Paralympic Games in Paris, France.

"I would like to commend my resource persons who have been working assiduously behind the scenes towards Nigeria's preparation and participation in podium success," the Minister said.

"I have implicit confidence in the capability of the team to make this retreat meaningful."

He stated that the Ministry of Sports Development would use the retreat to address performance-hindering issues such as the lack of an identifiable process to improve athletes' performance, lack of professionalism from sports administrators, athletes, and athletes support personnel, funding and late release of funds, athletes' preparation (in terms of good training programs), anti-doping education, and the lack of a scientific approach to training programs.

Enoh added that the team of resource persons would henceforth function as the Ministerial Podium Performance monitoring team.

"The team will monitor the preparations of federation athletes for the 2024 Africa Games and Olympic/Paralympic Games in Accra, Ghana, and Paris, France, respectively.

He concluded that all monitoring activities are to be reported to his office on a regular basis.

He declared the retreat open and reiterated that success in sports is a barometer for evaluating effective and meaningful governance at all levels.



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