By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Youth and Sports minister Solomon Dalung has promised that Nigeria will do better at the 2016 Rio Olympics than the country did at the 2012 London.
He also stated that the fate of National Sports Commission will be decided by the report of the committee set up to look into its relevance.
Speaking with the media shortly before he went into a closed door meeting with the executive members of the Nigeria Olympic Comittee, Dalung stated that contrary to rumours that body the has been scrapped, NSC is still existing.
"The NSC has not been scrapped. Once it is scrapped we will announce it. I will address the press if it is scrapped but since it has not been scrapped it will continue to function," Dalung said.
"I know where this belief is coming from. It is coming because of misconception of what becomes of the NSC following the merging of the Youth and Sports ministries. A committee set up over this has submitted its report and once it is approved and the status known we'll address the press on it."
On the medal projection for the Rio Olympics, Dalung said it would be suicidal to project number of medals Nigeria will win, adding that the NSC and NOC will prepare Team Nigeria well enough to win medals.
He said one thing that is however clear is that Team Nigeria will do better in Rio than they did at London Olympics, adding all the eight sports have intensified training to do the country proud.