The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung says Team Nigeria’s athletes for the 2018 Commonwealth Games would soon leave for the pre-event tour aspect of their preparation.
Mr. Dalung told newsmen in Abuja that that some national sports federations had completed the first phase of camping of athletes and were set to move to Australia for the training tour.
The ministry planned a three-phase camping programme for the federations, most of the federations had started their first phase of camping in December.
Mr. Dalung said the tour would offer athletes the opportunity to get acclimated with the weather and to also get used to the facilities they would be using for the competition.
He said the ministry’s budget for the Games had been approved and funds released since late 2017.
The XXI Commonwealth Games is scheduled to hold in Gold Coast, Australia from April 4 to April 15, with Nigeria participating in nine sports.