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Nigerian athletes confident of winning multiple gold medals at Paris 2023 Olympics

The technical director said 36 Nigerian athletes are already on the road to the Olympics.

• June 14, 2024
Nigerian Athletes

Samuel Onikeku, the technical director of the Athletics Federation Nigeria(AFN), said the federation was confident of winning multiple gold medals at the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Onikeku, who stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Friday, said he is optimistic the athletes will win gold medals for the country.

“Our athletes are in a good frame of mind, and we know that with the recent performances at the African games and world championships.

“We want our national anthem to be played at the Paris Olympics stadium; that is what we are working hard to ensure that it comes to reality,” he said.

The technical director said 36 athletes are already on the road to the Olympics.

“We’ve qualified for four relays and 14 individual events, and there are about eight athletes too that will stick on the rankings by ranking.

“Between 36 to 40 and more athletes will represent Nigeria in athletics at the Olympics, and my target is for the athletes to have a personal base for us to win medals.

“We’ve been working towards this for four years, and we believe it will come to pass,” he said.

Nigeria will feature in 11 sports in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics Games.

The president said the federations target is to be on the podium and hear the countrys national anthem being played.

He congratulated the Nigerian team for their performance at the just concluded championship in Ghana.

Team Nigeria emerged champions at the 2024 Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Zone II Senior Athletics Championships, which just ended in Accra, Ghana.

Team Nigeria won 13 gold medals, four silver medals, and one bronze medal to place first in the championships.

The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Region II seniors’ athletics championship was held from June 3 to June 6 in Accra, Ghana.

The 2024 Summer Olympics is scheduled from July 26 to August 11 in Paris, France.

Paris is the main host city, with 16 other cities spread across Metropolitan France and one subsite in Tahiti.

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