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Nigerian Navy, NOC to partner on sports

The Naval Chief made the pledge in Abuja during his honorary investiture as a patron of “One Service, One Medal project (OSOM) towards Rio 2016…

The Naval Chief made the pledge in Abuja during his honorary investiture as a patron of “One Service, One Medal project (OSOM) towards Rio 2016 Olympics,” by President of the Nigeria Olympics Committee Sani Ndanusa.
Vice Admiral Jubril said the Navy will support OSOM to improve the quality of athletes that represent Nigeria in future international sports events.
“This we can start by looking at where we have comparative advantage and build on it, train on it and expose our athletes to outside competition,” he said.
He said the Navy will target gifted athletes in future recruitment so as to contribute in the development of champions that will represent the service and the country at large.
“In recruitment we will look out for talents and we will develop them on sporting activities,” he added.
He also said the navy is committed in sponsoring the swimming competition and promoting aquatic sports which is an environment that is familiar to the navy, and a sport that produced the first medal to be won by a Nigeria in the Olympics Games in Tokyo 1964.
Earlier, the NOC President Sani Ndanusa said his delegation was at the Naval Headquarters to solicit the support of the navy in sports development.
Ndanusa said a large number of Olympic medals won by Nigeria at international sports events, Olympic and the Commonwealth Games were from the military and paramilitary personnel.
He added that the NOC seeks collaboration with military and paramilitary services in the country to harness a high performance strategy towards the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

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