In fulfilment of his promise to host the Air Warriors of Lagos for emerging champions of the Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League, Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare has promised to sponsor two players from the victorious team  to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Minister made this pledge while receiving the players in his office at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, even as he expressed delight in   their debut participation in the tournament.

“It is very exciting to receive the Air Warriors Basketball Club. When I watched them in Lagos, I saw a team with talents and skills and predicted that they would go a long way.

Their story is very compelling as it was their first time competing in the basketball league and they came out unbeaten. No team has ever set that record. That is hugely commendable.”

The Minister said the decision to sponsor two members of the team to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is to ensure that   they have   first-hand experience   while learning from D’Tigers and D’Tigress.

He assured that  the Nigerian Basketball Federation would work closely with the team to make them stronger.

Dare, while attributing  Air Warriors’ success to the role of private investors  and  individuals, he urged others   to come on board to  make sports a viable business.

“If you look at their narrative, they are supported by a private individual not government, not the sports ministry but with a bit of logistics support by NBBF. This says a lot about the role private individuals can play in developing our sports, discovering talents and  nurturing them.”

In his response, the Chairman/CEO of Air Warriors, Abduldumajeed Solademi thanked the Minister for honouring the team, describing him as a father.

Solademi said the reception will further motivate  the players and  himself to do more for  sports generally.