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Rowing Canoeing Sailing Federation gets two gold medals Olympic mandate

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The Nigerian  Rowing Canoe   Sailing Federation has been given a marching under to win at least two gold medals at the Tokyo  Olympics, even as Admiral  Festus Porbeni received a commendation for his sacrifices and commitment over the years. 

Speaking at  the 2021 Annual  Admiral *Porbeni*  Boat Race at the Jabi Lake, Abuja over the weekend,  the Minister  of Youth and  Sports Development Mr *Sunday Dare* said.

” I  commend  Admiral Porbeni for his commitment to this annual race and for making Boat Race popular in the last couple of years. With what  I have seen, we can now compete with the best in the world.

His efforts have not only improved our ratings as the number one country in Africa, but it has also ensured that we qualified for the Olympics and Paralympics in Para, Canoeing and Para-Rowing. Be rest assured of the Ministry’s commitment and support to actualize the dreams of our athletes to win laurels for our fatherland.

I have already marked Boat race to win two gold medals for us at the Olympics.  We shall support your training  anywhere  in the country so that this dream can become a reality”
The Minister further said” I’m most encouraged by your zeal and commitment which is in line with our public-private partnership initiative.

The birth of a new sports Industry  Policy which is the final stage of assent would bring about changes that would attract sponsors and take care of the welfare of athletes. This should motivate other Federations to key into the vision of the  Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

According to Admiral  Porbeni ” The fruition of this event, especially at a critical time in our national life is a testament to the commitment and resolve of the board of the Nigerian  Rowing Canoe and Sailing Federation to develop the sports. We shall not relent in this course.”
13 States,  2 clubs and few individuals took part in the event with States presenting only 6 participants for each event.

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