Team Nigeria Tokyo 2020 Olympics medalists, Blessing Oborududu and Ese Brume arrived to a rousing welcome at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Saturday 7th August 2021. The Nigerian team ended the Tokyo Olympics with two medals won by Ese Brume in the long jump event and Blessing Oborududu in the women’s wrestling event.

Team Nigeria Tokyo 2020 Olympics Medalists, Blessing Oborududu and Ese Brume

The Minister of Sports Mr. Sunday Dare commended the athletes for making the country proud and said, “Nigerians are proud of your tenacity, hard work, and dedication that has put our country on the global map. We are very proud of your attainment.”

25-year-old athlete, Ese Brume, won Nigeria’s first medal in the tournament after finishing third in the Women’s long jump event to claim the bronze medal for Team Nigeria. She was grateful to Nigeria for the opportunity and thanked the Minister for his relentless support. She also dedicated her medal to Nigerians. “The medal is dedicated to all Nigerians that believed and supported me, the minister, Honourable Dare I’m proud I was able to repay their trust with a podium finish.”

32-year-old Blessing Okorodudu won Nigeria’s second medal after finishing second in the 68kg women’s freestyle wrestling to claim the silver medal. She made history by becoming the first Nigerian wrestler to win an Olympic medal.

Blessing was full of gratitude for the support she got. “It gladdens my heart to return home with a silver medal, I give glory and admonition to God. The Minister of Sports Mr. Sunday Dare was tremendous in his support throughout the Olympics and I am saying a big thank you to him. To all Nigerians that supported me with prayers and words of encouragement, I can’t thank you enough”. 

The former Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Damishi Sango congratulated the present minister Mr. Sunday Dare and Team Nigeria for their outstanding and special performance at Tokyo 2020 Olympics and further said, “All Nigerians must celebrate this performance because this is our best performance since 2000 (The Sydney Olympics) and everyone should be proud of the team. The minister should hold his head high for this achievement.

“Winning a silver and bronze is not an easy task despite all the challenges faced by the team. I must commend the minister for what he has done and achieved. He and the team should hold their heads high because they have made Nigeria proud. We must all celebrate because winning medals at the Olympics is not an easy feat.”

The Federal Government of Nigeria promised to reward the athletes who win medals at the Olympic games with cash prizes of $15,000, $10,000, and $7,500 dollars for gold, silver, and bronze medalists at the Tokyo Olympics.

The government on Tuesday, 3rd August 2021, rewarded Oborududu and Brume with the sum of $10,000 and $7500 respectively for their outstanding performance at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Story: Ehizogie Ohiani


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