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Mikel Obi charges Nigerian Athletes to go for Gold in Tokyo



Former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has urged the athletes that would represent Nigeria at the track and field events of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo to think big and go for Gold.


The Chelsea legend issued his declaration over the weekend when he attended a dinner event with some of the athletes who have qualified to represent Nigeria at the quadrennial games at the Southern Sun Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos.


Sunday Dare, the Minister for Youth and Sports Development in Nigeria hosted the track and field athletes to the dinner to thank them for making the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Olympic Trials a huge success.


“I am happy to be in the midst of you guys. I know you are going to a major tournament which I have been to and I know what it takes to be there and to compete there and to try to win something for our great nation,” Mikel said in his short speech addressed to the athletes.


“It’s my pleasure to be here tonight to wish you guys all the best and hopefully, you will bring back all the gold medals at the Olympics. So when you guys come back, we will celebrate with you, cheer with and I wish you guys all the very best and good luck,” he concluded.


Mikel is an Olympic medallist himself, he captained the Nigerian Football team to a bronze medal finish in the football event at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.


Long jumper Ese Brume, sprint hurdler Tobi Amusan, sprinters Ushoritse Itsekiri, Grace Nwokocha, Favour Ofili, Amarachukwu Obi and throwers Oyesade Olatoye, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, Chioma Onyekwere and Dotun Ogundeji were present at the event.


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