Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh revealed that preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games have started.

Senator Enoh made this known while addressing newsmen on his perception of Nigeria’s record-breaking appearance in Accra, Ghana for the 13th edition of African Games.

He said Nigeria wants to record more gold medals at this year’s Paris Olympics.

Enoh said, “Preparations have started for the Olympic Games in Paris. The Ministerial Podium Performance Committee has been tireless; going through all the training camps we had.

“The report is that the sports that followed recommendations of the committee did better than those that did not. The committee is not just about the African Games but also the Olympics. We want to record gold medals at the Olympics Games.”

The minister stated that Team Nigeria’s preparations for the next African Games will start from now, with a review of the outing in Accra, as the first point of business.

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“I am a happy Nigerian, the president is happy, Nigerians are happy. The reward for doing well is to do better.

 “For the next Games, our preparations will be better. For this Games, we will interrogate what happened. We aimed to finish top of the medals table, however history shows we’ve finished top only once, but with hard work and determination, serious leadership and planning, we can achieve this.”

 “We will consolidate on the sports we have strength in. The Ministry will adopt every strategy possible and funding models to assist in taking care of athletes. We will also beam light on the other sports that we don’t do well.

Nigeria finished second behind Egypt with 47 gold, 34 silver and 40 bronze medals, a total of 121 medals.

Nigeria recorded a first swimming medal in 33 years, as well as a medal in handball in 21 years. In the 2019 African games, the country had 46 gold medals that were improved by the 47 gold medals in the 2023 Games.