2020 Olympics: D’Tigers, D’Tigress Will Shock The World In Tokyo – NBBF President
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By Amaechi Agbo
Although for the first time in many editions that no Nigeria football team will be in an Olympic Games, the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF President, Musa Kida has expressed optimism that the male and female national basketball teams will shock the world and win medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report .
Answering questions from journalists recently, the NBBF President said that the teams’ are in the Olympics not just to add to the numbers of participating teams but to shock the world and be among the best.
With the current synergy and talents in the teams (D’Tigers and D’Tigress), he is not doubtful that they can compete with the best around the world and fly Nigeria’s flag high in Tokyo.“D’Tigers and D’Tigresses are teams that have the true spirit of Nigerians in them which is the spirit to win and perform optimally. They are going to perform extremely well and may go ahead to shock the world again and this will be an excellent outing”
Being the only team sport to have so far qualified for the Games in Nigeria and the first time both teams will be featuring during the same summer Olympics (also first in Africa), expectations are high for the team to perform.Ranked number one in Africa and 14th in the world, D’Tigress will be making a return to the games after their last outing in 2004 in Athens, Greece while the men ranked first in Africa and 23rd in the world are making return after the Rio 2016 Games.
The NBBF president also recognizes this and said the federation with the help of the Federal Ministry of Sports will leave no stone unturned to prepare the team well for the Olympics.“The prospects are brighter with the Technical crew of D’Tigers that we have right now. The players we intend to invite include our players in the domestic league. We are going to have an array of a formidable team and we will shock the world.”
The 2020 Summer Games will hold from Friday, 24th of July to Sunday, 9th of August