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Friday, 10 August 2012

Why Team Nigeria Failed at London Olympics – Minister of Sports

We haven't won even one medal so far! And we all know why, but let's hear what the Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has to say! :-). Full text of his speech yesterday Thursday August 9 at the Nigeria House in Stratford, London

About two weeks ago, we arrived London for the 2012 Olympics with a contingent of 51 sportsmen and women competing in 8 sports namely, athletics, weightlifting, taekwondo, boxing, wrestling, table tennis, canoeing and basketball. We were competing in the last two for the first time ever.
Even though we did not expect to win the competition, we had arrived hoping to make a decent showing. We even had reasons to believe we could surpass some of our recent achievements at this level of competing. Why not?

We had arrived London riding on the wave of a short but intensive preparation of our athletes in different parts of the world where they did not only have the benefits of high quality facilities and technical support but also had the opportunity to match up against some of the best athletes from other parts of the world, and on some occasions, beating them.

Many commentators agreed that while not ideal, we have had one of our best preparations coming into this competition in recent years. This, coupled with a system that put athletes’ welfare at the heart of planning and an atmosphere devoid of rancor and acrimony, we believed would guarantee us a couple of medals.

However, here we are, only a few days to the end of the competition. Team Nigeria is still not on the medals table. I must say this is as disappointing for my team and myself as it is for all Nigerians everywhere. But even as painful as this disappointment is, we must have the courage to see it for what it is. This, therefore, is a scientific diagnosis of our condition; a clear testimony to how far our sports have fallen behind.

We shall therefore not attempt any excuses or indulge in any unproductive blame game. Rather than see this as a failure, we must see it as an opportunity to rebuild. When other countries have found themselves in this kind of situation in the past, they have used the galvanizing power of disappointment to get down to work. At Atlanta 1996 Olympics, Team Great Britain won only one gold medal. Returning home, the right questions were asked, and the necessary actions were taken. Four years later in Sydney, they returned with 11 gold out of 28 medals. In Beijing four years ago, they returned with 19 gold medals out of 47, placing them in the fourth position. Today, Team GB is sitting pretty in the third position of the medals table surpassing their own expectation. Today, they are able to look back and say they have moved from “zeroes to heroes.” This is our chance. We can also do it. We must see this crisis as the necessary disequilibrium required for serious actions and drastic change. We will not allow this opportunity to pass.
Having being appointed Minister and Chairman, National Sports Commission only two months to the Olympics, I have had to learn very quickly. And I have not received a better lesson than in the last two weeks of the London 2012 Olympics. I have learnt three key lessons from this Olympics:

1. Olympics medal is about hard cash. It is not a coincidence that the medals table appears to reflect the level of economic development of the countries. But having the resources is one thing, making the right strategic investment is another. Team Great Britain largely owes its dramatic success to what is described as “unprecedented financial investment” totaling up to more than 740 million GBP over 15 years. The current annual spending on sports stands at 100 million GBP. However, only 40% of this comes from the treasury, while the remaining 60% is lottery fund.

Conversely, Australia finished fourth in Sydney with 16 gold medals. In London, Australia has fallen outside the top 10 with 6 gold medals. Australians have blamed reduced funding for elite athletes and a lack of facilities at the grassroots levels.

2. Every medal is clearly projected and carefully planned for both in financial and technical terms over a sustained period of time. Only years of intensive, unrelenting training and preparation can win medals. There is no short cut. Medals are won by people who have worked hardest not by those who have prayed hard. We can only win medals by building systems that are capable of producing medalists and champions not by selecting athletes that we hope can win medals.

3. Olympics are a lifetime commitment. The champion is in the child. Ye Shiwen, the 16 year old Chinese girl that shocked the swimming world by setting a new world record in individual medley was only 12 when her country hosted the Olympics. Lizzie Armistead who won the Team GB’s first medal in this Olympics with Silver in cycling got her first bicycle at the age of 4.

The immediate challenge for us is how to translate these lessons into concrete actions in the days ahead. The process of rebuilding will start with the National Sports Festival in Lagos later this year. We shall use this event to flag-off our preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and thereafter the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Some of our top priorities in the days ahead are therefore as follows:

1. Identifying five sports that give us competitive opportunities.
2. Restructuring the Federations of these Sports to make them more democratic, accountable and efficient.
3. Developing a Sports Calendar that will ensure year-round sports activities both within and outside the schools.
4. Strategic engagement with the private sector with the aim to improve funding for sports.
5. Strengthen our coaching and training capabilities by developing strategic partnership with national and international bodies.

I thank all of you here for your support and understanding. We will keep this conversation going, in our belief that you in the media are our major strategic ally in the great task ahead. I want to say thank you to all my athletes and their coaches. They have all tried their best. Even though they have not won medals, many of them got to the quarter finals, the semifinals and finals of their various events and even setting new national, Africa and Commonwealth records in the process. But this is the Olympics, where micro-seconds have made the difference between gold medals and no medals. You are all our heroes and we can only hope to build on your achievements.

I thank the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria everywhere for their wonderful support and understanding during this difficult time. The task ahead has been made grimly clear. Therefore, lets get down to work.

By Bolaji Abdullahi

(Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission)

92 comments:

Anonymous said...

"even though we did not expect to win the competition" - ummmmm this is a very poor attitude to bring to the table. Who goes into a competition expecting not to win but just show a decent presence or whatever he said? Shame on you minister of sports.

Anonymous said...

I beg enough of this gramma. Go back home and continue with the embezzlement. We have heard all these tori before with no changes made. Yeye dey smell.

Anonymous said...

It's not about the talk. It's about the action and reaction. So they knew there were many faults in their 'strategy' and allowed Nigeria to be disgraced internationally?! We might as well have done like Ghana and not participate in anything. At least, the embarrassment of USA setting a new Olympic record with Nigeria would not have happened. This is the same speech they have been doing year after year, with little to no result. What's the point, really? Just stop all this pep talk and get to work. No one cares what GB did in the 1900s, we're in 2012 so let's get Team Nigeria sorted out to avoid further embarrassment.

Anonymous said...

bla bla bla #kmt

Anonymous said...

All this an avenue for your ministry to pocket more money. Did you not know all this statistic before going globally to pick athletes? We have people back home that are capable to burn energy till the very end. Why not start from the grassroots? They say charity begins at home. Develop our home based athletes, provide them with the right infrastructures & willing coaches. I believe in my country and I know there are people out there that can do well in various sports.
Take for example the Ijaws & Isekrie people they are good at swimming, why don’t we go and pick some out there to train vigorously to become the next Phelps.Take those that train under the bridge and groom them also. I have seen people running the whole length of the third mainland bridge do you think that type of stamina is in everyone? They have natural steroids flowing in their bodies. Please, your speech was imao lame.

I did not read anywhere where he at least congratulated or encouraged the athlete that participated out there.

Princess of Zion said...

He's very right! Let's invest time and money into these athletes and sporting facilities! They need an incentive and a conducive environment to thrive in.

http://princessofzion.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/men-and-infidelity-part-3i/

chaz said...

Well the speech is as expected he said all the right things i guess and to be honest it makes sense. but lets see if all these things he knows can eventually produce medals will materialise. Its often continuity of what these people say that is usually missing so lets see. But Nigerians one thing is very true a few of our athletes did get to semi finals and finals and they were competing with the best of the best so no miracle or prayer will allow them to win if they haven't trained as hard. If your country supports you 100% financially and believes in you and promotes you to your country i bet you'd do all you can to shine for you and your country.

El'gee said...

Don't blame the minister, we can't use 2 months to judge his performance at d Olympics even though I doubt if his 2 years will make any difference. Nice words won't give us medals, desire isn't enough either. Our bane is deeply rooted in our wrong attitude to every thing.

Anonymous said...

Superstory...hisss

Anyanwu! said...

Hahahahaha, e beta make we no even get any medal at this point Dan 2 go struggle for 1 bronze. Tot only d super eagles were cursed but as it seems.........hahahahahaha lol lwkmd lmfao. Great Nigeria

Anonymous said...

Rubbish!!! Always making excuses for failure. The problem is the corruption,if that is not curtailed, there's nothing or miracle that can happen with last minute prep. The fact is Nigeria don't celebrate athletes and when the need arises,they expect them to compete and win the first place. So what the lady got her first bicycle at the age of four? It's not like it's some extraordinary thing to do cos there lots of children who get theirs before age 4, including some Nigerian kids. If all those monies the ministers,reps,president,vp,e.t.c,steal or collect are being pumped into the economic development of the country,I bet,it would be a different and positive story. Abeg,we want action and not too much talk talk. Linda abeg o,publish my comment o

Sissy KC said...

STORY STORY

ONYEDIKING said...

na so
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Bee said...

you should add investing in the athletes not spending money to send useless delegates abi team leads abi administrators...whatever you call them

Anonymous said...

Everything he talk times 100/1 = Hin Papa Face ... See his Big Nose ... So all the money government allocate nor fit win one medal. Hin generation round nose. yeye Man .... MShweeeee

Anonymous said...

Minister of sports should go and ask ogbemudia how he did it.Camp at Afuze we never forgot.Athletes were given so much money to train.Now we have people like former director of sports ibori man who have stolen sports blind is in AFN sad.Please Nigerians don't blame the athletes blame those who have stolen the country blind.We saw Amos Adamu on CNN aking for bribe what happened to him nothing.

Bonaventure Nnagboro said...

Waitoo is he supposed to be telling us all these,or are we the ones meant to be advicing him as d minister of sports?

What a misplacement of portfolio. And to hear him compare us with d like of Britain is quite mind buggling. Coz people at helm of affairs like him tend not to learn from past failures,like what is obtainable in Britain. Sir! We got it all wrong from our now forgotten primary and secondary sports competitions.~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310.

Anonymous said...

The Nigerian way: Make some noise after the London Olympics for a few weeks then forget about the issues until two or three months before Rio 2016 when fire brigade approach is once again employed as always.

temi doyin said...

Long story.... Words without action....

Anonymous said...

He shld sharaaap jooh.pple in government always b talkin trash like we r idiots!is nigeria nt rich enof 2 do wat other countries are doing for athletes?lack of focus on wat is important is our biggest problem.I dnt even hve d patience 2 read al he said.#not interested#

NSG Admin said...

The failure boils down to inadequate preparation and obsolete/non-availability of training facilities amongst other things.

http://naijasportsgists.wordpress.com/

Anonymous said...

i partially agree wt u coz ur words r encouraging....

Anonymous said...

NIGERIAN SPORTS IS WRUGHT WITH CORRUPTION, DIABLOSIM AND MIND BOGGLING BICKERINGS....THEY ENEVRE INVEST TIME AND MONEY ON THEIR ATHLETES, AND THE SITUATION IS TERRIBLY EMBARASSING..WITH ALL THE RESOURCES WE HAVE..WE WENT THERE TO DISGRACE OURSELVES...THE GLORY DAYS OF TRACK AND FIELD IN NIGERI ARE GONE WHERE THE LIKES OF INNOCENT EGBUNIKE, CHIDI IMOH, FALILAT OGUNKOYA, CHIOMA AJUNWA AND MARY ONYALI DID US PROUD.....THE ONE HOPEFUL BLESSING OKAGBARE IS SO ARROGANT AND FULL OF HERSELF, THAT SHE WAS TOO BUSY BELIEVING HER OWN HYPE, THAT SHE HAD SUCH AN ABYSMAL SHOWING....

THE SPORTS MINISTER NEEDS TO GO BACK TO DRAWING BOARD, AND NOT ALLOW HIS OFFICIALS RUIN SPORTS IN NIJA...SOME PEDOPHILE OFFICIALS ARE SO DISGRACEFUL THAT THEY REQUEST SEXUAL FAVORS BEFORE THEY ALLOW SOME FEMALE ATHLETES COMPETE

Anonymous said...

Gbam!!!! Dat is it.

Hrm paul Ojeih said...

Linda to tel you the truth i no read the long rubbish epistle way this idiot way call im sef sports minster issue out.
Usain Bolt is he not a human being is he not an African so the minister of sports wants to tell me that there is nobody in Nigeria that can run as good as that boy or even give him a run for his moni. all the ijaw boys and itsekiris no one can swim as good as Micheal Phelps all the igbo boys that carry trucks in onitsha main market no one can do weight lifting or boxing who are they deceiving they failed to go to grass root for talent hunt tufiakwa to this country
.the truth is obvious just like Congo Somalia Angola Nigeria is a failed nation we have failed in health care, agriculture, sports, power generating,security and the economy in general so why we wont fail in the Olympics the only thing worth celebrating is that our contingents to the sports fiesta did not vanish like those of Cameroon

Anonymous said...

So Mr. Minister you know you guys messed up big, bigger, biggest time? Peopl like Micheal Phelps, Usain Bolt, Allison Felix or those Kenyan long distance runners didn't just wake up and got gold medals, it takes years of training, exercising, coaching, encouragement etc! When you see Americans, Jamaican, Chinese or whoever hug each other after a race, what do you think? Most of them know each other because they train together or have the same coach. But no oh! Instead of the federal government to spend money on these athletes, they will be spending money on yeye trips with 200 people to Brazil. Practice Makes perfect!!!! With correct funding and training facilities.

Anonymous said...

God won't lemme waste my time reading this rubbish!hissss

Anonymous said...

Practical approach, great stuff!

Anonymous said...

Nigerians Sha with fabulous full proof excuses!

Ayodeji

stela said...

This man got it right. He hit the nail right on the head. He is also very articulate,and my greatest joy is that he put out a strategy/action plan. I'm looking forward to him changing the face of sports in the country. Good one!!!

Anonymous said...

Excellent speech honorable minister. Unfortunately, d nigerian govt is notoriosly unreliable wen it coms 2 assurances. So, make una do wetin una like. Nigerians are gradually not giving a hoot.

Zsa Zsa said...

I have to say much as I am disappointed in our performance, the minister spoke the truth and was quite clear about what needs to be done. Let's bring sports back to the nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Well said.

Anonymous said...

who the hell arrives the Olympics on a wave of short but intensive preparation, who does that??? people prepare years ahead because they know what it takes to be a champion. too much grammar

Anonymous said...

Water under the bridge...mchew

Anonymous said...

Very good speech, Sir. No excuses. Forward thinking. Wishing you and team Nigeria all the best, success and a great performance in the days ahead!

Joey said...

Well said minister, well said. I hope we all put serious action to work in preparation for the upcoming games.

Cheers!!!

Opeyemi said...

Well said. Let's hope they really get down to work! God bless Nigeria.

Momen said...

Well Written...

Gooby said...

Nice speech i must say! well said *applauds*.. dat said, we need 2 look inwards; u dnt prepare 4 games as massive as olympics in jst months, it takes years of recruitment, trainings, trials, heats and all these with d right infrastructure and mindset. I strongly believe we can do better than wat we did, judging with d heat and semifinals. It is well wit Nigeria!

judith said...

Wow!!!! That's putting into perspective what we have to do. Thanks Minister

Anonymous said...

All na long story!!!! Nigeria has enough money to train thier athletes!!!! Rubbish.

Anonymous said...

All na long story!!!! Nigeria has enough money to train thier athletes!!!! Rubbish.

Yawn! said...

mtchewwwww...all na para talk.

I really want to be optimistic but this is Nigeria after all...

Anonymous said...

Blah blah blah-Tony Montana

Janded said...

Sharrap!

dami said...

I just hope that the follow the steps.

Anonymous said...

ONE Said: Oh yeah? only five sporting events when we have people who can represent us in all the sporting events and even win medals in such events? I give up! y'all are not ready to move this nation forward so please hush!

dami said...

i just hope they follow these points and adhere strictly to the plans.

they need to build facilities that would help athletes, If possible, employ them and sponsor their university careers

Anonymous said...

Quite revealing n touching,i lov ur factulness,n hope dat corruptn wud alow us implement dose points agender,its tym we told ourself truth,sports is moni,n moni is sports,no fire brigade approach to medals. From, michael chukwudi ,Ekiti state

Boss~ Lady said...

Ohhh Pleas no excuses!!.... accept failure its a stepping stone to success

Martins said...

It is good the Minister seems to have an idea of what to do- plan ahead. But do we plan in Nigeria? He will soon be removed as Minister and the next minister will have other ideas. We need continuity policy. That's all.

Anonymous said...

blah-blah-blah.........shut up jare

Anonymous said...

This is the first time something intelligent has been said...
step two now is to follow through with their strategies and hope in four years time, we will win medals in the next olympics

Anonymous said...

Sir you make sense, I hope you mean every word in your speech.

jescci said...

All na wash joor.

Anonymous said...

I honestly think this is a good example of how to take responsibilities.As the chief accounting officer for the poor results emanating from the Nigerian in the current Olympic Games,the sport minister has not only accepted full responsibility for this performance but also gone ahead to proffer sensible and tenable steps to take towards the attainment of the lofty heights we desire in sports.God help Nigeria and my big kudos to the minister.

Bowale said...

For the first time in 10 years after the late Ishaya Mark Aku we have a sensible Minister of Sport.

Bowale said...

True talk from the minister.

Anonymous said...

Joy saysssssssss
Abeg Abeg. Short and intense what?! But wait I thought we got bronze in women's weightlifting. We did na?
Anyway, its such a big shame. We came in droves and nothing to show. Okagbare has pure talent. Odomosu has pure talent. Yet the money that should be training them has undoubtedly gone into this man's pocket. Please don't give us any strategic analysis. Show us change. Inspire the next generation to be passionate about competitive sport.

Anonymous said...

Hian!!!!!!Linda biko dis one is too long 2 read oh!we all knw d reason joooor.Monique.

TAYLOR said...

All na story,msheew

na me said...

GBAM!''Medals are won by people who have worked hardest not by those who have prayed hard.''
Most of our stars are running internationally too - we ought to fix that - and stop blaming -investments needs to be made ASAP -we need action people - let's do this! RIO 2014

Alicia says... said...

They're needs to be more funding and longer and more intense training by these athletes. Period. Well said.

Anonymous said...

Linda u no publish my comment abi? U dey fear ni? Ok o,u no wan help dis our country survive by publishing d truth. God dey.

Tosin said...

Mshew!!!! Nt even goin to bother to read dis

Anonymous said...

Den talk say na winchi winchi folow team NG go london! hehehehehe

Anonymous said...

We don't need any excuses Mr Minister

naijabreakingnews.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

one word corruption

sakara said...

the minister shd SDFU
d same lackadaisical attitude they put up @ d is d same attitude @ d olympics, how many years did hey use to practice and train d athletes they took to England? they shd stop all these crash trainings @ d last minute, ise ile lo ba yin de ita, when u people v embezzled all the monies meant to acquire and train athletes how do u want them to excel, go and ask americans, their athletes started training for this olympics 4/5yrs ago, nonsense and may i ask d dishonorable mniister all ur officials that u took to london were they all present @ and during the time of our athletes shows? NO some f them were seen n primark bargaining for shoes and clothes can u imagine; they traveled on govt purse for official duties, they left their posts to go shop and mr minister why is d Nigeria village shut down during the olympics? it was shut down because u people dd not pay for the spot and u think u can enjoy free space in England? everything wt oyibo man s with calculation, Nig stall s d only african village without african touch, go and see morroco, and others, nonsense, one day u people wl be stoned to death and even ur sorry asses wl not save u all, thieves n power, u think all d athletes wl break a bone for u and after d olympics u wl dump them? its impossible, i dont blame them for not performing cause they know there is no future for them in ur ministry and lastly, u as a minster shd cover ur face n shame for not even bringing a plastic medal back wt all d billions u collected for this so called olympics, u all went to clap and watch other countries perform oma se o!

Lake said...

Word...well said

Anonymous said...

dis nigga is obviously trying 2 save his own ugly head, as far as dis olympic games is concerned, i never expected anything better from our politically selected athletes..... Chyk

Anonymous said...

Make this man go sleep jare. This press release would only have been meaningful three months ago when he was appointed. This is an after-thought in desperation to try and save his job. Complete rubbish. Trash this please, Linda!

Anonymous said...

He talks the talk. Can he walk the walk? Time will tell.

Uju said...

He sounds really passionate about the whole thing. I hope he follows through.

denis otugo said...

Nigeria has a population of over 190millions, we should have competited in all events like the U.S.A but due to poor standard we have even surpassed what we expected and we still have no medal...if the F.G can do something about it,not only football has grassroot other sports has like running,high jump etc..let's level the playing field..The U.S has always prepared for the olympics anytime,anyday..that the approach nigeria needs to take in making a strive in world sports.......I look at the top 20 in the medal table I see the top countries and my heart stop when I look at the medal table and I see not a single medal for Niger,nigeria the populos country in africa and 6th largest in the world can produce an efficient team of Super athletes...my blog is http://dennisotugo.blogspot.com/

My heart cry for my homeland! :'(

Anonymous said...

Linda dear!!! I mean this is so shameful. The most annoying is the game called Canoeing/? in the Olympics. Haba, how many times do the British and US do canoeing? This game is for the Ijaw people and co. So many games I am sure if Nigerian foolish, greedy leaders and total illiterates will learn and stop stealing. China is competing with the US on the medal table. GEJ have some common sense and claim some respect in extra curricular activities/ world competitions and not in how many delegates you take for meeting. I can bet the other country leaders laugh at you when you come into the meeting hall. Nigerian leaders are so lousy, annoying and dumb.
The world is not static and no country is playing dumb. Every country is on top of their game.

Blunt Queen said...

Did anybody read this from start to finish ?? I no fit

Anonymous said...

Well spoken!
Shame that nothing will done about it, next 4 years wonder what the excuses will be?
Anyway I commend #teamnigeria for not doing any disappearing stunts as the 6 Cameroun athletes did.

Anonymous said...

Story! We only have one problem- CORRUPTION. Tackle that and every other area would start performing.

God help us.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to the youthful Sports Minister.He seem to hv good intentions but NO BE 2DAY NYANSH BEGIN DEY 4 BACK....dats what we hear at the end of every dismal outing,if he can break ds vicious cycle....TIME WIL TELL!

Anonymous said...

In other words, we are going back to the drawing board .... like did 4, 8, 12 years ago.

gretel said...

This was absolutely very touching,point 3 is the truth!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Well said! I managed to read every sentence & I must say that this article is spot on! However, what is the way forward ! We have heard similar Plans for commitments and all sorts being promised In the past to no avail! Shame to the Nigerian government with little or no investments in sports!

Anonymous said...

Nice speech.

Anonymous said...

THIEF! After spending the money he's giving us a speech! You are a disgrace!

Anonymous said...

Rubbish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Some people come here and try to lure innocent Nigerians to visit their blogs so that they can gbagaun us to destruction.... Awon Olodo Jati jati

The least you can do is to even speak small correct English. Haba...

..."Awon 190millions people from populos Nigeria that competited in Olympics" .... Shame

sakara said...

'@ d word cup'

i omitted that

The Nigerian Jeweler said...

urmmm I read the first 10 comments and U Nigerians well dose of u who commented r very negative and backward in ur reasoning. sometimes u need to look beyond their history of corruption and look at the facts. Nigeria has never spent 740 million GBP (185 Billion naira) over 15 yrs on sports, so why should we rank among those who spend that much and looking at Australia we can see that money does matter. So grow up and think before you comment :) http://thenigerianjeweler.blogspot.com/

Leema said...

I agree that we can source athletes from grass root and train them . Look sround you , they are in our faces everywhere but we choose to ignore them. i.e the boy that lives in riverine areas that swims to fish and vandalise, the street hawker or vendor that runs after cars, it might sound funny lol but my point is there's is no harm trying.

The minister wants funds released into sports, yes this is he's time to shine and get money from the government for he's ministry but who will monitor these funds? They will not look after the athletes , expect them to pay for their own tickets while commissioners and co squander the money without feeling guilty.

Let us take a cue from china, train our athletes towards the olympics here at home right from when they are young.
The truth is in my beloved country we aren't concerned about anything other than OIL.

Really!!! said...

Why is everyone upset and embarrassed about losing? Everyone in Nigeria thinks they are so fantastic because they have money but money cannot replace skills, hard work, training and exposure so you can compete on the international stage. That is what happened here! Everything was done last minute. At the Ministry I'm sure they chopped first before releasing funds to the athletes. They probably didn't want to release the funds thinking the athletes were going to 'chop' the money! Most of the banks and private sponsors paid for the athletes to train, not the government so why are they pretending. They think winning medals is wayoo like the government they run. The Bank of Industry spent over 200million trying to promote Nigeria at the Olympics. What a waste of money. If they had spent that money on the athletes over the last four years to make sure we won some medals, would that not have been a greater promotion for the country?

Anonymous said...

nigeria is a country were a suya man become minister of sport.tell me,can the malam boko haram man present his cetificate which qualify him as a minister of sport?

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