Oliver Thompson
Wed, Jul 12, 2023 2:45 PM

Air Peace to Honour Nigerian Athletes who boycotted 1976 Olympic Games

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Air Peace to Honour Nigerian Athletes who boycotted 1976 Olympic Games
Air Peace, Nigeria's leading airline, has announced plans to honor the Nigerian athletes who led a boycott of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada. The athletes sacrificed their dreams and careers to stand against apartheid in South Africa. In addition, Air Peace will also recognize the 1980 AFCON-winning squad. The airline's Chairman, Barr. Allen Onyema, aims to commemorate these sports heroes by establishing a Wall of Fame and offering cash rewards. The event is scheduled to take place on July 28, 2023.

Lagos-based airline, Air Peace, has revealed its intention to honor the Nigerian athletes who spearheaded the boycott of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada. This move aims to recognize the sacrifices made by these athletes in opposition to apartheid in South Africa. The athletes will be honored on July 28, 2023, after 47 years since the incident unfolded.

Furthermore, Air Peace plans to pay tribute to the 1980 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winning squad. This accolade will include their inclusion in the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs Sports Diplomacy Wall of Fame. In addition to this recognition, the Chairman of Air Peace, Barr. Allen Onyema, will provide cash rewards for these esteemed athletes.

The announcement of this initiative was made in Lagos over the weekend by Stanley Olisa, the Spokesman for Air Peace. Onyema expressed his motivation for the project, emphasizing the importance of acknowledging the athletes' significant contributions to the nation. He called upon other corporate organizations and well-meaning individuals to join in honoring these sports heroes.

Onyema stated, "We promised to build a Wall of Fame where their names will be written in gold. I also enjoin other corporate organizations and well-meaning individuals to join in honoring these sports heroes however they can. We are talking about Nigerian athletes who used their prime to serve this country."

The 1976 Nigerian athletes had dedicated four years of their lives preparing for the Olympic Games. Notably, athletes like Charlton Ehizuelen, Imadiyi, Bruce Ijirigho, and the 4x400m men's relay team were among the gold or silver medal hopefuls. Their dreams were abruptly shattered after Nigeria and other African countries decided to boycott the Games due to the support some nations were lending to apartheid in South Africa.

These athletes' sacrifices were immeasurable, as many of them never recovered and were deprived of the opportunity to become Olympic medalists in their lifetime. As part of the Air Peace Sports Diplomacy Ambassadors event on July 28, 2023, the former athletes from 1976 and the 1980 AFCON winning squad will be honored.

In addition to listing the athletes' names in the prestigious Wall of Fame, Barr. Allen Onyema has committed to rewarding each living athlete with 12 return tickets to various domestic destinations, as well as an annual international return ticket to any of Air Peace's global destinations.

Chief Segun Odegbami, former captain of the Green Eagles and a member of the 1976 football team to the Montreal Games, lauded Onyema for his significant contributions to Nigeria's sports development. He commended the chairman's sponsorship of the Nigerian National Teams through a partnership with the NFF.

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