The Adopt a Player/Team initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has yielded more fruits as three commercial banks on Wednesday donated $200,000 to jointly adopt the national basketball teams, D’Tigers and the D’Tigress who are on their way to the Tokyo Olympics.
The ministry noted that Zenith, Access and Guarantee Trust Bank responded in a timely fashion to the appeal by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare for corporate organizations to adopt the national teams.
The two teams got $100,000 each as support to prosecute their participation at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The Ministry expressed its appreciation to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, who was central to the process leading to the adoption. It noted that the CBN governor’s earlier support to the revitalization of the Principals Cup this year.
The ministry also appreciated the Group Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank Ebenezer Onyeagwu, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, Managing Director/CEO of GTBank, Segun Agbaje and their financial institutions for adopting the national basketball teams.
While assuring that there is still room for other corporate organizations to adopt Olympic bound athletes and teams, the national sports body expressed confidence that the financial support has further brightened Nigeria’s chances at clinching gold in basketball.