- Chidozie Uzoezie
Ethiopian Airlines Wishes Olympic Team Nigeria 'Best of Luck'
The EthiopianAirlines Manager in Abuja Senait Ataklet joined other dignitaries in Abuja to see off the Nigerian Team leaving for Japan; along with the Chairperson of the Nigerian Olympic Committee Engr. Ahmed Gumel and the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria.
The second batch of Nigerian Athletes departed on the 13th of July for Japan aboard EthiopianAirlines. Ethiopian Airlines is the airline of choice for Team Nigeria for the Tokyo Olympics. Ethiopian Airlines is the only African airline that flies to Japan straight from Africa.
According to the Nigerian Media, the Nigerian Team will be competing in many sports. The Nigerian Minister of Sports Sunday Dare was quoted as saying "as of today, Nigeria has qualified 61 athletes across nine sports for the Olympics and 22 athletes in four sports for the Paralympic Games, which are: Athletics-22, Badminton-3, Basketball-24, Canoe sprint-1, Gymnastic-1, Rowing-1, Taekwondo-1, TableTennis-1, Wrestling-1 which sums up to 61 and for Paralympic Games we have; Para Athletics-5, Para Powerlifting-10, power rowing-1, Para Table Tennis-6 summing up to 22.”
Ethiopian Airlines Manager Mrs. Ataklet told the Team Leader "we are proud to fly Team Nigeria to Japan and we will be highly excited to help them bring the medals home after the games."