The adoption initiative of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports activities Improvement bore much more fruit on Wednesday when three Nigerian business banks donated $ 200,000 (about $ 100 million) to collectively undertake the nationwide males’s basketball staff, D ’ Tigers, and their feminine counterpart, D’Tigress, earlier than their participation within the fast-approaching Tokyo Olympics.
The ministry famous that Zenith, Entry and Assure Belief banks have responded promptly to the decision by the Minister of Youth and Sports activities Improvement, Sunday Dare, for the company group to undertake the nationwide groups.
D’Tigers raised $ 100,000 whereas D’Tigress additionally raised $ 100,000 to help the pursuit of his participation within the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The ministry expressed its appreciation to the Governor of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, who has been central within the course of resulting in the adoption. He additionally famous that the CBN governor performed a key function within the revitalization of the Principals Cup – a soccer event for secondary faculties in Nigeria – this 12 months.
The minister additionally thanked the CEOs of the three banks – Ebenezer Onyeagwu (Zenith Financial institution), Herbert Wigwe (Entry Financial institution), and Segun Agbaje (GT Financial institution) – and their monetary establishments for adopting the nationwide basketball groups.
Whereas assuring that there’s additionally room for different company organizations to undertake athletes and groups linked to the Olympics, the ministry expressed confidence that the monetary help has additionally brightened Nigeria’s probabilities of getting a medal in basketball.