Buhari meets with Omeruo as Spain, Nigeria sign sports co-operation agreement

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has met with a select group of Nigerian sportsmen and women in Madrid, Spain, including Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo.

The President is on a state visit to Spain, where Leganes defender Omeruo is one of the highest-profile Nigerian sportspeople.

A Leganes jersey with M Buhari 1 on the back and a match ball were presented to the President by Omeruo in the presence of sports minister Sunday Dare and other government officials at the event last night.

Earlier, Spain’s Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development of Nigeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote relationships, co-operation and collaboration in the areas of sports.

The sports ministry says the MoU formed part of the bilateral agreements reached by the Kingdom of Spain and Federal Government of Nigeria during the state visit of President Buhari to his Spanish counterpart, King Filipe VI, the King of Spain.

The aims of the agreement, according to the sports ministry, “are to initiate and build collaboration in the area of sports as well as strengthen the bilateral exchange between both countries on the basis of reciprocity according to their competencies and mutual benefits in the field of sports”.

Dare, whose action back home has led to the unfortunate removal of D’Tigress from the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Australia this September, and Spain’s Minister of Culture and Sports Miquel Octavi Llorens signed the agreement.

“Some of the specific areas of cooperation include the following among others: building, development and management of sports relations and institutions, exchange of knowledge in the areas of sports science, technology, medicine and the fight against doping,” the sports ministry explained in a press release today.

“Others are sports sponsorship, patronage and organizing of sports events, initiating programmes to support and promote sports for special athletes, protection of young athletes and sports women.

“Provision of sports facilities and training centres, organization of friendly and major International competitions among the national teams and clubs of both countries in different sports and the arrangement of joint training sessions were also listed among the areas of co-operation.”

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