Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Niger Athletes Ready for Hockey, Handball, Volleyball Gold

With N75 million in their kitty, Niger State athletes to the 2012 National Sports Festival in Lagos, tagged "Eko 2012" are set to cart away medals in the games' hockey, handball and volleyball events.

A statement from Team Nigeria and made available to Trustsports yesterday, said the athletes are in top form to win the gold medal at the sports festival.

The statement also said Team Niger is also ready to clinch the medals in the 5,000 and 10,000 metre race in both the men and female category, as well as sweep all the medals in javelin and shot put because of the caliber of athletes it has in camp.

Most of the athletes numbering about 200 which the state hope the feature at the festival have confirmed their readiness to face any opposition from every quarter to make sure that their records in the last 2 National Sports festival is consolidated upon.

Though the Secretary to the Niger State Government, assured the athletes that it is going to be a naira rain if the athletes justify their selection in festival team as he put it that the state would not let them down because Niger State is a state that recognizes hard work.

He said "what is on the front burner in the recognition of athletes by this administration is to give cash reward to any athletes that make the state proud, it is now a policy that N2.5 million should be given to teams that won gold medals and N1.5million for silver while N1m will go to a bronze medal team".

On the individual event each athletes with a gold medal will be given N300,000, silver medal N200,000 and the bronze medalist will go home with N150,000, this arrangement according to the Secretary to the state Government is to keep the athletes on high spirit.

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