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Nigeria to march in traditional attire

Published by Tribune on Thu, 26 Jul 2012


TEAM Nigeria athletes competing in tomorrow's opening ceremony of the Olympic Games will wear traditional clothing in an unprecedented act of solidarity with other competing nations' athletes who will also be wearing traditional dress.The Nigerians will be led out by flag bearer, Usman Maryam competing in the +75kg Weightlifting. The Nigerian contingent will be clad in their white attire that is sprinkled with green, making up the national colours of the largest black nation in the World.Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Honourable Tunde Popoola confirmed yesterday that the attires were carefully chosen for the contingent.''It's going to be our traditional attire mixed with white and green, the colours of Nigeria. It's a reflection of us and we are ready for the opening ceremony,' Popoola offered. Also, team doctor, Dr Kenneth Anugweje yesterday allayed doping fears when he said that the Team Nigerian athletes are so far clean to compete.'Team Nigerian athletes are so far clean. Tests earlier carried out in Surrey camp only confirmed earlier reports at the Athletics championships in Calabar.'For the three athletes in the team before doping violations, hearing has been held for two. One is likely to be cleared'', Dr Anugweje said.
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