Nigeria’s minister of sports has revealed that the country’s athletes would camp in the Japanese city of Kisarazu for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Concise News reports that minister made this known after the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japanese city.
He said that the MoU was jointly signed by Nigeria and the Mayor of Kisarazu City, Yoshikuni Watanabe, who noted that the development tallied with the new direction of early preparation for tournaments.
“About three weeks ago, Nigeria started in earnest its Olympics preparations. We had waited for the completion of the Doha Athletics Championship before starting officially our preparations,” a statement from the ministry read.
“We have less than 9 months and where the pre-games camping will take place is critical to our preparations for Tokyo 2020.
“I’m glad that this morning we are able to follow up on initiatives of previous Ministers and Ambassadors who have acted rightly on behalf of this country.”
The minister, according to the statement, also expressed gratitude to the mayor for keeping faith with the proposal initiated under the previous administration.
“This meeting offers us an opportunity to formalize the pre-games camping with the city of Kisarazu, so even after the MOU, there are still a couple of issues we have to work on together,” he said.
“The MOU establishes an understanding with the City and also the country of Nigeria. I have read the MOU, it is in good faith and we trust that good faith will pervade the entire period that would be engaged.
“We are still coming up with a list of sports that would be camped in Kisarazu, so we will provide needed information going forward.
“We should perhaps from now on a weekly basis try to maintain the feedback so as to be on the same page.”