Team Nigeria was officially welcomed yesterday at the Games village by the Organizers of the twenty first Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

The athletes were entertained by a dance troupe from the Munujali tribe.

Teams’ arrival at the Games Village is not officially acknowledged until a welcome ceremony is held for the various contingents.

Preceding the performance, athletes watched from the sideline as the Nigerian flag was raised and the National Anthem sung.

A commemorative indigenous shield was presented to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, while Team Nigeria in return presented the talking drum to their hosts.

Dalung expressed delight at the ceremony, which brought together all participating athletes.

Addressing the athletes immediately after the welcome ceremony, the minister charged them to compete fairly without tarnishing the image of the country expressing hope that Team Nigeria will exceed its previous performance.


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