The Nigerian Rowing Canoe Sailing Federation has been given a marching order to win at least two gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, even as Admiral Festus Porbeni received a commendation for his sacrifices and commitment over the years.
Speaking at the 2021 yearly Admiral Porbeni Boat Race at the Jabi Lake, Abuja, over the weekend, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, said: “I commend Admiral Porbeni for his commitment to this yearly race and for making boat race popular in the last couple of years.
“With what I have seen, we can now compete with the best in the world. His efforts have not only improved our ratings as the number one country in Africa, but it has also ensured that we qualified for the Olympics and Paralympics in Para, Canoeing and Para-Rowing.
“Be rest assured of the ministry’s commitment and support to actualise the dreams of our athletes to win laurels for our fatherland. I have already marked the boat race to win two gold medals for us at the Olympics. We shall support your training anywhere in the country so that this dream can become a reality”
The minister further said: “I’m most encouraged by your zeal and commitment, which is in line with our public-private partnership initiative. The birth of a new sports industry policy, which is the final stage of assent, would bring about changes that would attract sponsors and take care of the welfare of athletes. This should motivate other federations to key into the vision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.”