Dare hails amazing’ Anyanacho for Tokyo 2020 qualification

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The Minister of Youth and Development  Sunday Dare has applauded Elizabeth Anyanacho, who is the first Nigerian female to qualify for Taekwondo in 16 years, saying  her  qualification has further  raised the hope  of a good outing at the games

The Minister also reiterated the need to catch athletes at a very young age considering the fact that Anyanacho, who has been part of an active high performance taekwondo programme aimed at producing international champions and Olympians, started Taekwondo at age 15.

She  is making history at 20 as the second female to fly the Green-White-Green flag in the Olympics since Athens 2004.

Elizabeth Anyanacho, a 300 level student of Statistics at the Federal University of Technology Owerri, is the current national champion and the 2019 African Games.

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Meanwhile, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has entered into an agreement with Nilayo Sports Management Limited as  the official marketer  of Team Nigeria to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Memorandum of Understanding  was signed  by  the Minister  who remarked: “We gave them the marketing rights having considered the profiles and track records of several other marketing companies.

We feel that Nilayo has what it takes to market team Nigeria  to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”

In his response, Bukola Olopade commended  the ministry under the leadership of the minister ,  saying  his  arrival  signals  the best time for sports entrepreneurs. He promised that the target given by  the Minister would be met and  possibly surpassed.

He also applauded the Minister’s   Adopt-An-Athlete initiative which he said is gaining ground, assuring  that he would work round the clock to ensure that enough funds are  raised for Team Nigeria in line with the agreements reached.