President of the International Olympic Committee, IOC Thomas Bach has urged the Federal Government to strengthen grassroots sports development and infrastructure in order to produce more Olympic champions.

Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee

Bach gave the advice in Abuja during an interactive session with Nigerian Olympians as part of his two-day working visit to Nigeria, saying the visit was part of efforts to support the country’s Olympic preparations and further boost the ideals of the Olympics.

IOC Boss, thereafter, toured the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, and visited an NOC partner-school as part of his working visit.

Bach rounded off his engagement for the visit with the inauguration of the National Olympic Committee of Africa, ANOCA headquarters building in Abuja. He said the inauguration of the building would automatically transform Nigeria to the capital of Olympic sports in Africa.

Earlier, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare described the event as a great landmark in the development of sports in Africa. He recalled that the journey to the commissioning started about 13 years ago when Nigeria, alongside six other African countries, bide to host the headquarters of ANOCA.