The first batch of the Team Nigeria contingent for the Tokyo Olympics will be departing from Abuja on Tuesday.
Simeon Ebhojiaye, Director, Federation of Elites Athletes Department (FEAD), Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development made this disclosure in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
He said the team members would depart through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by Ethiopian Airlines.
They include the Canoeing team-Ayomide Bello and her coach Ebenezer Ukwunna, Esther Toko and her coach Regina Enofe of the Rowing event alongside Secretary-General Olubunmi Oluode
He said also in the team were the Special Adviser on Sports to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mary Onyali, the Medical crew of Dr. Samuel Ogbondeminu, Okoh Joseph, Abdulsalam Shuaibu and Ekundayo Ogunkunle.
NAN reports that an advance team of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development officials on Monday departed via the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
The second batch will depart on July 13. Nigeria will be competing in nine sports at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics scheduled from July 23 to August 8.
President Muhammadu Buhari will in a few days from now bid Team Nigeria contingent to Tokyo Olympics bye before the second batch departs.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare is optimistic Team Nigeria will have a good outing in Tokyo.