The bills concerned in inviting 60 people who’ve made the nation proud on the earth of sports activities stalled the looks of a large number of them on Friday in Abuja.
Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports activities Growth, revealed this on the occasion organised in honour of those people, who at the moment are to be thought to be Sports activities Icons.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) studies that the event, held on the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja, was additionally in commemoration of Nigeria’s sixtieth Independence Anniversary.
Of the 60 people honoured, solely six have been accessible to obtain plaques on the occasion.
“Nigeria is celebrating her sixtieth anniversary. It’s a landmark occasion and we really feel that it’s a excellent time to honour a few of our heroes and heroines within the sports activities area.
“We requested for nominations and acquired over 3,400. However the committee which was arrange had a tough job in choosing 60 of them as a result of we have now a whole lot who’ve represented this county properly.
“Nevertheless, you’re seeing a number of of the icons right here because of the price implications.
“First we would have liked to maintain their names categorised. We didn’t wish to unveil them earlier than the disclosing correct. A few of them are simply discovering out about it within the media.
“There’s additionally a price range consideration. We determined to convey six of them to symbolize the others.
“To convey 60 folks right here, we don’t have that form of price range. A very powerful factor is that they’re being recognised by the nation.
“These plaques will get to them. Some will come and obtain them in my workplace and, for others, it is going to be despatched to them of their varied areas,’’ Mr Dare mentioned.
The minister additionally added that the occasion can be organised yearly henceforth.
In the meantime, Chioma Ajunwa, Africa’s first feminine Olympic gold medallist, Lucy Ejike, a world para-powerlifting champion, enterprise mogul Aliko Dangote and Olympic bronze medallist Chika Chukwumerije have been amongst these recognised.
Different Olympians who made the lower are Blessing Okagbare, Lauritta Onye, scrabble champion Wellingon Jighere and UFC champion Israel Adesanya.
The late Ernest Okonkwo, a soccer commentator, was honoured posthumously, alongside the late Tremendous Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi