President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Sani Ndanusa
President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Sani Ndanusa has raised hopes of Nigeria’s fine outing at the London 2012 Olympics saying Nigeria is ready to compete with other Nations.
Overwhelmed by the state of the art facilities, that include world-class coaches, who would team up with Nigerian coaches, health and medical support team that Team Nigeria would train with at the University of Surrey and Guildford, Ndanusa declared that Nigeria was ready to confront the World.
"In the past Olympics, we’ve been participating but come 2012, we’ll compete with other Nations,” the former Sports Minister and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, NSC, said.
He was speaking at the contract-signing ceremony for the use of the Surrey facilities for Team Nigeria at the Olympics and the Paralympics Games.
Ndanusa extolled the authorities for having one of the best modern facilities and promised that Team Nigeria would stun the World at the Olympics.
He said that his optimism for a fine outing for Nigeria was based on the excellent relationships between the NOC and the National Sports Commission and the drive not to compromise with the welfare of the Nigerian athletes.
He, however, warned athletes to desist from anything that would tarnish the image of the country during their stay in Surrey or at the Olympics.
"I’m excited with the facilities and the serene atmosphere. Nigerian athletes will have the best and I know that they will give their best to the nation. I am particularly happy with facilities that will determine the fitness level of the athletes, and dictate those who have injuries and the facilities for drug tests,” the NOC President said.
Earlier, Denise Saliagopoulos, the cabinet member for community services, Tourism and the 2012 Games Surrey County Council, said that they were delighted to be having Nigeria use their facilities to prepare for the Olympics.
She said that Surrey was the most ideal place for Nigerian athletes to realise their Olympic dreams because: “We remain the best in terms of sports facilities with excellent staff, coaches and an appreciative people who would make your athletes to be at home.”
Other members of the Nigerian delegation for the signing ceremony included, Hon Tunde Popoola (Secretary-General NOC), Alhaji Alhassan Yakmut (Deptuy Director NSC), Dr (Mrs) Toyin Aluko, Assistant Secretary of Paralympics and Chika Chukwumerije, who represented athletes.