Amos Adamu

FORMER Director-General of the National Sports Commission, NSC Dr Amos Adamu has blamed the scrapping of the commission for some of the problem bedevilling sport in the country. Adamu said that what the country needed now were people with strong will, idea and character to pilot the affairs of sports. He said he does not know how the transformation can be achieved but that things have to change if Nigeria must not fail again at the 2020 Olympic Games scheduled to hold in Tokyo, Japan. “If you are waiting to get it right for Tokyo, you must source for funds because even government is finding it difficult to get money. “Getting it correct means that athletes must be in camp in time and you need to pay their bills; if there is no money, you cannot do anything. “When I was there, I never waited for government money
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before I do anything; sports is time-bound and if you waste time it will be late. “I have a way of addressing these issues and people will not know about it. “When its time, I usually travel to training camps abroad to pay athletes their training grants because I know those of them that can get those medals,’’ Adamu said. According to him, Nigerian sports industry has plunged beyond imagination and that it would be absurd to begin to make comparison between the present administrators and their predecessors. “For sports to succeed, it depends on who is in charge, but the way it is now can never be compared with the past; you can see that things were better before than now. “We should not blame the athletes because you have not given them what will make them to succeed,’’ “Our athletes have done well; they cannot do more than their best and we know certainly that we didn’t prepare for the Rio Games, so, as you make your bed
so you lie on it. “When you are competing with the best in the world, your preparation must be better,’’ he added. Adamu who was FIFA and CAF executive committee member blamed those who criticised the Dream Team VI tour of Atlanta, noting that such people do not have the interest of sports at heart. He said: “I am not happy about comments on the footballers that went to Atlanta; comments like who asked them to go, who did they told before they went and some other disjointed comments. “If the person that took the team to Atlanta did so to enable the team prepare for the Olympics, it then means that they want the best for the best for Nigeria. “The initiative has paid off since the team is the only one that won medal at the Rio Olympics; but the minister was initially blaming the person that took the team there. “You don’t sit down and fold your hands waiting for money to come first, if not the team would have come back from Rio, empty like others. “Have they not brought glory to the nation; the only medal?

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