The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has spoken good words about the awareness campaign on COVID-19 initiated by Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports development, Sunday Dare.
Dare, together with past and current athletes of Nigeria, developed awareness videos to sensitize the Nigerian public about the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The President of IOC, Thomas Bach said the gesture to help raise awareness against the spread of the virus is worthy of emulation.
“This video is a wonderful demonstration of how to put the power of sports at the service of the society,” he wrote in a letter dated April 6th.
“Initiatives like yours with the athletes leading by example, show that sports is doing its part in this crisis.
“I express my appreciation for the active engagement of the Nigerian athletes, the NOC and the Ministry in this campaign.” Bach affirmed.
The campaign has such iconic sports personalities like Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Okocha, Ahmed Musa, Segun Odegbami, Eniefiok Udo-Ubong, Mary Onyali, Blessing Okagbare, Chika Chukwumerije, Funke Oshinaike, Tobi Amusan, Samson Siasia among others, lending their voices to the Covid-19 campaign.
The campaign not only dwells on how to stay safe, but also to keep hope alive.
The campaign has gone viral and is being viewed on Youtube as well as the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development website.