100metres hurdles world record holder, Tobi Amusan, on Thursday, September 15 led Team Nigeria on a visit to the Presidential Villa.
Amusan and other Nigerian athletes who competed at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, and the World Athletic Championship in Oregon, United States were received by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Pictures of the visit were shared on the Presidency’s Twitter page.
The post read “Earlier today, President Muhammadu Buhari received Nigerian Contingent to the 2022 Commonwealth Games.”
In one of the pictures, Tobi is seen alongside the minister of youths and sports development, Sunday Dare, while receiving an award from President Buhari.
In another, the Ijebu-Ode-born star poses with the president and Mr. Dare alongside other contingents at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, including her friend and colleague, Ese Brume.
Others athletes who were there include weightlifters, Adijat Olarinoye who won Nigeria’s first gold medal at the 2022 Games, and Rafiatu Lawal who earned the second medal.
Also present was female heavyweight powerlifter, Folashade Oluwafemiayo; Ikechukwu Obichukwu who won the silver medal in the men’s heavyweight powerlifting, Edidiong Umoafia who clinched bronze in the men’s 67kg weightlifting event.
The medalists were presented national honours and N200 million for their outstanding work.
Amusan arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday, September 13. She and Brume were unveiled as brand ambassadors of a new generation bank the following day.
Mr. Dare, who was in attendance at the unveiling which was held at Eko Hotel and Suites on Lagos Island, said the duo signposted the future of the country’s athletes.
He said, “I want to thank Tobi (Amusan) for doing that job in Oregon, not just breaking the world record, but breaking it twice same night. I am thanking you on behalf of this country, Nigeria. We are grateful.”