The International Olympic Committee president, Dr. Thomas Bach, has commended the Nigeria Olympic Committee Athletes Commission for their initiative in creating awareness on the COVID-19 pandemic, using the voice of Nigerian athletes.
Bach said Nigeria was the first country to do that, and encouraged other NOCs to emulate Nigeria.
The video of the Nigerian athletes’ message was used on social media platforms by Athlete365 and the Olympic Channel.
Bach made this disclosure at a conference meeting that included 200 athletes’ representatives, IOC executive members, as well as IOC Athlete Commission members and the Olympic Channels.
Nigeria was represented in the meeting that took place online by Olumide Oyedeji, Chairman of the Nigeria Olympic Committee Athletes Commission.
During the virtual meeting, Oyedeji asked about the fate of athletes currently on IOC scholarship grants and for other upcoming athletes that might need to receive grants to support their training and qualification.
In his response, Bach said all athletes currently on Olympic scholarships would continue to enjoy the benefits until the Olympic Games, while further windows would be opened to consider upcoming athletes.
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