Secretary General of the NOC, Tunde Popoola, who revealed this, said that the scholarship for the athletes was a good incentive that would allow the athletes to prepare well with the best facilities and challenge for medals during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. The beneficiaries would also be paid an unspecified amount of money from now till the Rio Olympic Games.One of the athletes was later dropped on grounds of being involved in doping.The eleven approved beneficiaries include speedster Blessing Okagbare (Athletics), Nneka Reginald (Athletics), Ese Brume (Athletics), Christian Amaechi Morton (Athletics), and Divine Oduduru.Others are Maryam Usman (Weightlifting), Victoria O. Adesanmi (Weightlifting), Aruna Quadri (Table Tennis), Edem Offiong (Table Tennis), Jonathan Akinyemi (Canoe/Kayaki) and Adekuoroye Odunayo (Wrestling).Nine Nigerian elite athletes also benefited from the London 2012 Olympic Scholarship for athletes.The Nigerian athletes were selected through the nomination of the Nigeria Olympic Committee with their various sports federations.
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