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Birmingham 2022: Dare commends Team Nigeria’s best-ever Commonwealth Games performance

Sports minister Sunday Dare has congratulated Team Nigeria athletes to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games for posting the country’s best-ever performance.

Team Nigeria won 12 gold, nine silver and 14 bronze medals, surpassing the country’s previous best haul of 11 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze achieved in Victoria, Canada in 1994.

The gold medal haul is Nigeria’s highest at a single Commonwealth Games, representing the country’s best performance ever.

This impressive outing ensured Team Nigeria also finished as the highest ranked African country in the medals table, placing seventh.

Dare described the performance as excellent, inspirational, phenomenal, commendable and commanding.

“This is a performance like no other,” the sports minister said today, the day after the Games ended with record-breaking performances by Tobi Amusan, Ese Brume and the women’s 4x100m team.

“Many new records were set, old records broken, long standing jinxes of not getting on the podium in some sports were destroyed.

“This signposts a brighter and better future for Nigerian sports development

“I congratulate all our sports men and women, not just those that won medals but all those who competed. I appreciate their sacrifice, commitment, confidence and patriotism.

“I am proud of them, Nigeria is proud of them and I believe that the Nigerian spirit that led them to these performances will lead them to the place of excellence.”

Team Nigeria recorded impressive feats in wrestling, athletics, weightlifting, para-powerlifting and para-athletics in Birmingham.

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