Commonwealth Games: Buhari to host Nigeria team

Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare has assured members of the historic contingent of Team Nigeria at the 2022 Commonwealth Games a Presidential reception.
The 11 days of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham came to a close on Monday with world and Commonwealth gold medalist Tobi Amusan the flag bearer for the Nigerian team at the closing ceremony.
The Nigerian team had their best all-time performance at the Games since they began competing in the Commonwealth Games in 1950, winning 12 gold, nine silver and 14 bronze medals, a total of 35 medals, which places them seventh in the medal table.
Speaking to the athletes on Monday, Dare praised the team for putting the country in the center of global attention for positive reasons.
He said: “I followed every moment of your competition. I was in Birmingham from the start until I had to leave for other official engagements. So many Nigerians have followed you too. We are all very proud of what you have accomplished for Nigeria and for yourselves.
“The President is also very proud of you and has approved the holding of a Presidential Reception to honor you with the historic achievement of Birmingham 2022.
“We will immediately start planning the reception and once we have tightened things up, we will announce the date, invite you from your various bases and you will have this privilege to meet Mr. President.
“Nigeria will appreciate you for the great acts of sacrifice, patriotism and determination to excel that you have all shown here, whether or not you have a medal around your neck.”
Meanwhile, Oando Plc’s Group Chief Executive, Wale Tinubu, has announced that his company will offer cash rewards to all medalists from Team Nigeria at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Tinubu said his company would match any cash rewards already in place for athletes by the Department of Sports.
This implies that gold medalists will receive an additional $5,000, silver medalists $3,000 and bronze medalists $2,500 from energy solution providers.
Meanwhile, Australia finished the event as champions with 178 medals, 67 gold, 57 silver and 54 bronze. England finished second with 57 gold, 66 silver and 53 bronze, with Canada in third place with a total of 92 medals.
India, New Zealand and Scotland occupy the fourth, fifth and sixth positions respectively.
Wales, South Africa and Malaysia complete the top 10.

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