Barely two weeks to the kick off of 2015 All Africa games, AAG, there are strong indications that Nigerian Swimmers are already walking tight rope following a late preparation ahead of the continent’s most prestigious competition.
Only eight Male and Female Swimmers are currently training inside the swimming pool located within package B of Abuja National stadium.
Nigerian Pilot Sports, however, gathered that the invited National swimmers could only get call-up to be in camp after the National Sports Commission, NSC gave a late minute authorization after months no approval in a sport that more than 120 medals are up grabs.
So far, there have only two weeks of full training sessions shortly after few Nigeria’s representatives at the just concluded World swimming championship in Russia returned and joined others in camp.
Head coach of the team, Saheed Obadina confirmed that the invited swimmers have been subjected to intense training but can’t guarantee any medal for Nigeria due to the limited time frame.
“We have been training for the past two weeks now. The invited swimmers who went to Russia for a championship are back. So the eight invited male and female swimmers are now in camp.
“We do have two training sessions every day. Our swimmers are all in good shape. They resumed camp coupled with the rigorous training we have with them morning and evening here. We really required a long time preparation but the federation only got approval not too long ago.
“No surprises when it comes to swimming. Only adequate preparation guarantees result. We only hope to get something at the end of the day.
Team Nigeria swimmers placed at the joint 9th position with Angola out of 11 countries that took part during 2011 AAG held in Maputo, Mozambique.
It was Racheal Tonjor in 50m breaststroke and Vera Toma Agbe-Ere in multi-class that managed to get bronze medals in female category while Titilayo Badmus who contested in multi-class as well in the male category that ensured that Africa’s most populous nation did not return home empty handed.