Folashade Abugan, 400m Nigerian Champion, after receiving the baton from Ada Benjamin for the last leg of the women's 4x400m at Hampden Park in Glasgow at the 2014 C'wealth Games. Jamaica won the GOLD, with Nigeria getting the Silver and England the Bronze! (Photo Credit: AP Photo/ Scott Heppell)

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has rolled out a timeline for the 10 participating National Sports Federations ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, next month.

According to the General Team Manager Mrs Tayo Oreweme, an advance party and the Ministry’s secretariat will leave on March 18 as the Delegates’ Registration Meeting holds on March 22, 2018.

Federations competing at the Games will round off their pre-games training towards the end of March and proceed to Brisbane on March 23, 2018, with the exception of Athletics whose 25 home-based athletes and five coaches are expected to arrive on March 25, as well as the Wrestling team who will arrive the Games Village on April 2.

The Games Village officially opens on March 25, while team officials will be allowed to check their athletes’ rooms 5 days earlier.

Nigeria will be taking part in Athletics, Wrestling, Basketball, Gymnastics, Boxing, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Para Powerlifting, Para Table Tennis and Para Athletics. The opening ceremony holds on April 4, 2018.

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer at Making of Champions. She has a bias for athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the National Sports Festival and the African Athletics Championships, and has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN). Yemi holds a BA in Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University .

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