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President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerian Olympic contingents who have no part to play at the games to stay back in order to cut cost.

Buhari made the call on Tuesday at the official handover of Team Nigeria to the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC)and President’s investiture as the Grand Patron at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari said, “We are all aware of our nation’s dwindling revenue and the current global economic challenges.

“It is therefore imperative that funds provided for the Games are utilised judiciously.

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“In this regard, any official who has no business at the Games should stay at home to cheer the team from here and if they must travel to the Olympics, they should do so at their own expense.”

“The eyes of the global community are on you and as such, you should desist from acts that could dent the image of our great country, Nigeria.

“You are very aware of recent doping allegations which cast aspersions not only on the individual athletes but on their home countries. Please keep Nigeria clean.

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He also warned the Olympians to avoid doping, saying the menace of drug use in sports is threatening the core foundation of sports and has led to embarrassing situations as well as sanctions of some great sporting nations.

“I therefore urge you to keep the integrity of our nation intact by competing clean and fair at the Olympic Games,” he said.

He also urged the contingents to go for gold, saying, “Please bring as many medals back home as a result of your efforts and endeavour. But remember it is more important to compete and acquit your country as a fair sporting nation than to bring a pack of medals as a result of bending the rules and denying the Games of fair competition.


He assured the athletes of his support and the support of the more than 170 million sports-loving Nigerians who he said are solidly behind them as they depart to bring glory to the country in Rio.


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