Sports minister, Solomon Dalung has created a new department in his office that would monitor Nigerian sportsmen in the diaspora and get them to eventually compete for the country.
Dalung who spoke in Lagos on Thursday said his vision is to ensure that every Nigerian who desires to compete for the country irrespective of where he or she lives is brought home to compete for the country.
“There are so many patriotic Nigerian athletes in the diaspora who desire to come home and wear our national colors. We want to ensure that such Nigerians get the opportunity to feature for the country. This is why I m creating a new department in the ministry that will specifically be in charge of Nigerian sportsmen in diaspora,” Dalung disclosed.
The minister who expressed satisfaction with the performance of Nigeria’s contingent to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games insisted that the outing in Queensland was an improvement on that of Glasgow 2014.
“I m particularly happy that our athletes apart from winning medals came out clean in all the doping tests conducted on them. Our anti doping agency conducted 100 tests before the games, while the Commonwealth agency conducted tests on 18 of our athletes and they all came out clean. I want to commend the athletes for not soiling the image of the country in Australia,” Dalung said.