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NTF Targets 2024 Paris Olympics

Posted: Aug 24, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Steve Oma-Ofozor
Lagos – Sani Ndanusa, President of Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), has said that Nigeria would present a team that would compete for medals at the
2024 Olympics in Paris, France. Ndanusa reflecting on Rio experience on Tuesday said that the
federation was prepared to take the sport to the highest level in Nigeria saying only a long term programme could help actualise the
According to him, “I know the game of tennis very well and I know what it takes to prepare for the Olympics; it is not four years, it takes
at least eight years.
“So, we are looking at 2024 when the Games will be hosted in Paris, France,” he said.
Against this backdrop, the President said that the athletes would be exposed to tournaments that would help boost their skill and
performance. Veronica Oyibokhia, a former Nigerian tennis star had earlier in an interview noted that the government should provide an enabling
environment for tennis players to be groomed for the future.
She lamented that the athletes were not given the required attention that would help them develop to modern standard.
“In my time in the ‘80s, we were given scholarship and sent on training abroad by government. But, today, the situation is different.
The athletes are not well cared for and they cannot develop like that.
“Government must create that enabling environment for these athletes to grow for the future and catch up with modern standard in tennis and
it will also help to attract sponsorship too,” she said.