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The road to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is increasingly getting closer by the minutes as athletes across the globe continue to seek qualification slots, and or putting their final preparations together for the purpose realizing their dream of mounting the medal podium in the final analysis.

Qualification for the summer Olympics competitions will end on June 29, 2021.

But, it is worth noticing to state that the qualifying system for Tokyo 2020 saw a fundamental tweaking.

For instance, while the qualification for Rio 2016 and previous editions relied heavily on qualified times, Tokyo 2020 on the other hand is primarily based on world rankings.

The World Athletics continues to set qualifying times, but these are set for the sole purpose of qualifying athletes with exceptional performances unable to qualify through the World Athletics Rankings pathway.

www.sports24ghana.com Olympic spotlight is taking a look at Team Nigeria and its qualified athletes for the summer event in Japan.

The pack is being led by two-time Nigerian national champion – Ejowvokoghene Divine Oduduru [9.86 seconds] and the current African record holder [22.04 seconds] in the women’s 200m race – Blessing Okagbare-Otegheri.

Nigeria have won 25 medals in the history of the Olympic Games. From the twenty-five that has been won by the West African nation, athletics contribute 13 [Two gold, Five silver, Six bronze], followed by football with three medals, boxing with six, weightlifting [Two], and taekwondo, one.

Can Nigeria win some medals at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo?

Below is the names of athletes who have qualified so far for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games;

Track Events

Men’s 100m [Entry standard – 10.05 seconds]

Raymond Ekevwo

Usheoritse Itsekiri

Divine Oduduro

Men’s 200m [Entry standard – 20.24 seconds]

Divine Oduduro

Emmanuel Bamidele

Women’s 100m [Entry standard – 11.15 seconds]

Nzubech Grace Nwokocha

Blessing Okagbare

Women’s 200m [Entry standard -22.80 seconds]

Nzubech Grace Nwokocha

Blessing Okagbare

Favour Ofili

Women’s 100m hurdles [Entry standard – 12.84 seconds]

Tobi Amusin

Field Events

Shot Put, Men [Entry standard – 21.10m]

Chukwuebuka Enekwechi

Long Jump, Women [Entry standard – 6.82m]

Ese Brume

Ruth Usoro

Triple Jump, Women [Entry standard – 14.32m]

Ruth Usoro

Hammer Throw, Women [Entry standard – 7200]

Annette Echikunwoke

Weightlifting, Women [57kg]

Adekuroye Odunayo

Men’s Basketball

D’Tigers

Women’s Basketball

D’Tigers

Women’s C1 [Canoe]

Bello Ayomide

Women’s Sculls

Toko Esther

Women’s Taekwando

Elizabeth Ayanacho

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