Probing Nigeria’s 2012 Olympics failure is waste of time-Olympian

Nigeria women 4x100 London Olympics
Nigeria women 4x100 London Olympics for London 2012

Nigeria performed poorly at the last Olympics.

The Nigerian Olympians Association (NOA) on Thursday described moves being made by the authorities to probe the cause of Team Nigeria’s failure at the London Olympics as a sheer waste of time.

Henry Amike, the NOA President, made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

The newly-appointed Director-General of the National Sports Commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye, had recently said that the body would delve into the root cause of the debacle.

The former quarter-miler stressed that the NSC should put the disappointment of the London Olympics behind it, and guard against a recurrence.

“As far as I’m concerned, I have witnessed lots of probes. A probe is just an avenue to make money, Probes have come and gone in this country and after the probes, nothing happens.

“I will not subscribe to any probe panel; what I think the new DG should be concerned about is how to stabilise the country’s sports administration.

“We should move forward, probing is a wasteful venture and I strongly suggest that we just forge ahead, athletes did not deliver, all we have to do is to invest more in our athletes,’’ Amike said.

On the country’s chances of excelling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland, Amike told NAN that the preparation ought to be on course by now.

“Preparation is going on well I presume? It’s usually from the federations; they should wake up to their responsibilities, now that the elections are over.

“All the sports sector needs is support from government and the private sector; athletes need funds to train well, without adequate funding, we will keep getting the same results.

“I want the Federal Government to put in more funds into the federations, because it is the federations that breed the athletes. It is the federations that decide who makes it to the national teams,’’ Amike added.

Nigeria won no medal at the 2012 Olympics despite expending hundreds of millions of naira.


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