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‘Everything is set’ for Nigeria

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NIGERIA’S LONDON 2012 Olympic team are “thoroughly prepared" for the Olympics according to the president of the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC).

The team will arrive in the United Kingdom on July 4 and will be based in Surrey. Their training base will be at Surrey University's Sports Park and the Guildford Spectrum.

“I have the keys, everything is set," said Sani Mohammed Ndanusa, president of NOC.

The team may reach a total of 59 if the country's basketball team gets through the qualifying rounds which are still in process.

Ndanusa mentioned a few athletes as “ones to watch" such as British-born Jonathan Akinyemi in canoeing and Commonwealth weightlifting gold medallist Marion Usman.

Nigeria, the most populous black country in the world, will showcase the best of their arts and entertainment during the Olympics at the popular Theatre Royal Stratford in east London, which is just a stones throw from the Olympic Village.


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Security is a prominent issue for London 2012 in general but in light of recent attacks by Nigerian extremist Muslim group Boko Haram in the country, Ndanusa confirmed that security is a priority.

“It is number one on the agenda,” Ndanusa said. “We are working under the main security umbrella of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG).”

Nigeria is hoping that their sporting success will not only be limited to the Games with the launch of a project called "Beyond the Games".

This will not only use London 2012 as a platform for publicity and investment into the country but also invite the country's private sector to invest in sport.

“In return these companies can expect a 100 per cent tax rebate. If a company invests nine naira into Nigeria's sport out of 10 that they owe, they will only pay one naira to the Government," said Ndanusa.

“Such money raised will go to build community and sports centres in Nigeria in a bid to attract young people to get more involved in sports.

“It is a great partnership because they will see where the money is going."

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