The President, Muhammadu Buhari, will grace the presentation of awards to 60 Nigerian sports icons in celebration of the country’s 60th independence anniversary on Friday October 16.
The award, which will hold at the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, is put together by the sports minister, Sunday Dare.
While receiving the report from the committee set up to collate the votes by Nigerians for the 60 awardees, Dare said, they initiated this award because of the need to reward the heroes and heroines who have sweated to put the name of Nigeria on the world map. Unfortunately, most of these patriots have died, but they are also consoled that many of them are still alive.
Another importance of the award is that it will encourage the younger athletes and indeed Nigerians in other fields to always give their best to the country, knowing that their efforts will be appreciated by the country.