Buhari to Athletes: Go for Gold in Rio

 Buhari to Athletes: Go for Gold in Rio

Leading opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari laughs during an interview on February 6, 2015. Nigeria’s main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari on Friday told AFP he was expecting to win next week’s presidential election by a wide margin, despite talk of a close race. The February 14 poll, in which he is challenging incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, has been seen as too close to call, leading to a possible run-off if neither man secures a first-round majority. AFP PHOTO /STRINGER

Leading opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari laughs during an interview on February 6, 2015.  Nigeria's main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari on Friday told AFP he was expecting to win next week's presidential election by a wide margin, despite talk of a close race. The February 14 poll, in which he is challenging incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, has been seen as too close to call, leading to a possible run-off if neither man secures a first-round majority.  AFP PHOTO /STRINGER
Leading opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari laughs during an interview on February 6, 2015. Nigeria’s main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari on Friday told AFP he was expecting to win next week’s presidential election by a wide margin, despite talk of a close race. The February 14 poll, in which he is challenging incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, has been seen as too close to call, leading to a possible run-off if neither man secures a first-round majority. AFP PHOTO /STRINGER
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged Nigerian athletes to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to put in their best and win gold medals in their various events at the Games.
The President, however, warned them to desist from performance enhancing drugs and other activities that could dent Nigeria image.
He spoke while officially handing over Team Nigeria to the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) and his during his investiture as the Grand Patron of the NOC in Abuja.
The event at the old Banquet Hall of the State House came just 17 days to the commencement of the Games. The quadrennial event starts on August 4 in Rio.
President Buhari said: “Go for Gold in Rio! Go Team Nigeria! Go! Please bring as many medals back home as a result of your efforts and endeavour. But remember it is more important to compete and acquit your country as a fair sporting nation than to bring a pack of medals by bending the rules and denying the Games of fair competition.
“As the Federal Government formally hands over our athletes and officials for the Rio Olympics to the Nigeria Olympic Committee today, I want to charge all athletes and team officials going to the Olympic Games to be worthy ambassadors of our great country, both on the field of play and outside the sporting arena.
“The eyes of the global community are on you and as such, you should desist from acts that could dent the image of our great country, Nigeria.”
Reminding the athletes of recent doping allegations which cast aspersions on individual athletes and their home countries, he said: “Please keep Nigeria clean.”
The menace of drug use in sports, the President said, is threatening the core foundation of sports and has led to embarrassing situations and sanctions of some great sporting nations.
“I therefore urge you to keep the integrity of our nation intact by competing clean and fair at the Olympic Games,” he said.

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