A top source in the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has disclosed to Nigerianreporter.com that Nigerians shouldn’t expect any miracle from the traveling contingents of team Nigeria at the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games.
Nigeria will battle it out with other contending athletes in the world for medals in one of the greatest games in the world in Brazil. The athletes are set to leave for Rio August 1 and the official welcoming ceremony will begin on August 5. At the last 2012 Olympics that was hosted in London, England, team Nigeria came home empty-handed without winning a medal, a memory they will be hoping to erase from the minds of fans in this Olympic effort.
100 of team Nigeria’s athletes are set to feature in the different sporting events such as athletics, boxing, basketball (male), football (male), table tennis, canoeing, wrestling and weightlifting.
“It’s still not certain if team Nigeria will make a big difference at the Olympic Games going by their poor preparation for the showpiece,” the top source, who chooses to remain anonymous told me upon meeting me at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, on Saturday July 30, 2016.
“I am not writing them off because nothing is impossible in the game of sports. However, Nigerians shouldn’t expect too much of magic from the Nigerian athletes because proper preparation helps them for the challenge at hand, that is, winning medals.”
As of May of this year, team Nigeria were still short of adequate preparation that could guarantee medals at the Olympic Games, with major chronic issues including lack of funding and mastery of competition through friendly matches with international teams.