Team Nigeriaâ€™s first batch of 70 athletes and coaches for the XXI Commonwealth Games left Abuja at aboutÂ 6pmÂ on SaturdayÂ aboard Emirates Airline for the Gold Coast, Australia as the Games Village formally opened for businessÂ yesterday.
46 athletes in athletics, para-athletics, table tennis, para – table tennis, basketball, gymnastics, para powerlifting, weightlifting, boxingÂ and 17 coaches, loaders and helpers as well as seven medical personnel made the trip to the Games.
The athletes were in high spirit at the time of departure as all allowances were paid to them. Each athlete received N15,000 per day for 21 days being the period of the last phase of camping. They were also given specific competition kit and equipment.
The second batch of nine athletes and four coaches will leave this week as soon as their visas are issued while the wrestling team comprising 12 wrestlers and four coaches will depart onÂ April 2, 2018.
The XXI Commonwealth Games is scheduled to start onÂ April 4Â and run through April 15,Â Â 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia with 71 commonwealth countries taking part in the Games.Â