With few days to the commencement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games, the games village officially opened on Tuesday to accommodate the incoming athletes.
The second batch of Team Nigeria to the games departed the shore of the country in the early hours of Tuesday after getting official send forth from the Nigeria government.
Speaking about the athletes arriving, IOC President Thomas Bach said:
“The athletes are grateful that these Olympic Games are happening under these circumstances, and that all measures are being taken to deliver safe and secure Games.
“After all that they had to overcome during this last year – where they did not know whether the next competition would take place, they did not know whether they could go to training the next day, they did not know where they would meet with their coach again – after all this additional stress during the pandemic, finally they can shine on the Olympic stage.
“And I hope that they will, under these circumstances nevertheless, enjoy it to the fullest,” he concluded.
Over 11,000 athletes from 205 National Olympic Committees and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team will compete in the Games, with majority staying in the Olympics Village situated in the picturesque Harumi waterfront district of Tokyo.