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African Beach Games: Team Nigeria to participate in 11 events

Nigeria will participate in 11 events at the 2nd African Beach Games scheduled to hold between June 22 and June 30 in Temament, Tunisia, NAN reports.

NAN said that a statement issued, on Wednesday, in Abuja, by Tony Nezianya, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), said the Games was organised by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA).

Nezianya disclosed that President of the NOC, Habu Gumel is expected to lead Team Nigeria to the Games which would serve as crucial qualification phase for the upcoming ANOC World Beach Games in Bali, Indonesia, scheduled for between Aug. 4 and Aug. 12, 2023.

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“Not less than 11 events will be on offer, where athletes will showcase their talents and athleticism of Nigerian athletes on the beautiful beaches of Tunisia.

“The events cover a wide range of sports, ensuring a diverse and exciting competition for both participants and spectators alike.

“First on the list is the high-energy sport of Beach Volleyball, where Nigeria will be represented by a skilled team of 12 players.

“Following closely is Beach Handball, with a talented squad of 10 players ready to showcase their exceptional skills on the sand.

“In addition to these dynamic team sports, Nigeria will also compete in individual events, while air badminton will see three players from Nigeria demonstrating their agility, quick reflexes, and finesse,” Nezianya stated.

The NOC image maker said a solitary athlete would represent the country in Kata Karate (traditional martial art).

He further stated that the open water would provide an exhilarating challenge for Nigerian athletes participating in Open Water Swimming.

“The country will have four determined swimmers diving into the waves, seeking to conquer the demanding nature of the sport.

“The thrill continues with the inclusion of Teqball, a relatively new sport that combines elements of soccer and table tennis.

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“Nigeria will field a competitive team of three players, who will battle it out against the other nations in this unique and exciting sport.

“With Tennis, four skilled Nigerian athletes will make their mark on the sandy courts, showcasing their power, precision, and strategy against tough opponents.

“Ocean Racing, a daring and physically demanding water sport, will feature two athletes representing Nigeria’s competitive spirit,” he stated.

He also stated that four athletes would fly the country’s flag in Rowing Beach Sprint, while three wrestlers would represent the country in Beach Wrestling.