Awareness campaign: IOC hails Dare, NOC

The President  of the International  Olympic Committee (IOC) Dr Thomas Bach has commended the initiative  of the Minister for Youth and Sports Development  Mr. Sunday Dare and the Nigerian  Olympic  Committee (NOC) in using Nigerian sports icons  to raise awareness on  the  Covid-19 pandemic through massive  media awareness  campaigns.

In a letter  dated April 6th, Bach said the  gesture to help  raise awareness  against  the spread of the virus  is worthy  of emulation. “Thank you very much for sharing with us the video for the campaign  against  Covid-19  put together by Nigerian  athletes, the Nigerian  Olympic  committee and the Ministry  of  Youth and Sports Development. This video is a wonderful demonstration  of how to put the power  of sports at the service  of the society.”

He further  said, “The  Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented  situation  for the whole world and the International  Olympic movement stands in solidarity with  all the society  to do everything  to curtail the virus. Initiatives like yours with the athletes leading by example, show that sports is doing its part in this crisis. I express my appreciation for the active engagement of the Nigerian athletes, the NOC and the Ministry in this campaign.” Bach affirmed. 

He concluded  by saying, “Thank you for demonstrating that  solidarity  runs strong  in our Olympic  committee.”

The campaign  initiated by Mr. Dare has such iconic sports personalities like Nwankwo Kanu,  Austin  Okocha, Ahmed Musa, Segun Odegbami,  Eniefiok Udo-Ubong, Mary Onyali, Blessing Okagbare,  Chika Chukwumerije, Funke Oshinaike, Tobi Amusan, Samson Siasia among others lending their voices to the Covid-19  pandemic  campaign.  

The campaign  not only dwells  on how to stay safe, but also to keep hope alive. 

The campaign  has gone viral and is being  viewed on Youtube as well as the Ministry  of Youth and Sports Development website.

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