gather steam across the globe, ace athlete
Aruna Quadri has warned that except the
federal government make funds available;
the dream of getting any medal at Rio De
Janeiro, Brazil, venue of the games this year
would remain a mirage.
Nigeria failed to secure any medal during
last Olympics in London, a situation that
triggered condemnation from sportsloving
Nigerians who wondered why a
country with over 170 million people will
remain at the background in such global
sporting fiesta.
At the moment, only football (Men),
Basketball (Men), Wrestling, Weightlifting
and Tennis out of proposed eight by the
federal government are sure of heading to
Brazil when the Olympics gets underway
after few Nigerian athletes have succeeded
in securing vital ticket.
For sure; Handball, Taekwondo have
dashed their hope after it was alleged
that lack of funding and ‘sick’ preparation
engineered by the present administration
led to their failure. Boxing will be expected
to scale through when their qualifiers take
place early next month.
Tennis player Quadri who earlier
predicted that fellow compatriots Segun
Toriola would qualify for 2016 Olympics
and it turn out to be so lamented that most
Nigerian athletes fund themselves during
trainings and international tournaments.
“You can imagine a situation where some
of us actually source for funds by ourselves
to train and attend competitions. The
former administration used my name to
campaign after making promises here and
there, no of the promises were fulfilled.
“It’s a shame that all my sponsors are
from other countries, not even one is from
Nigeria,” Quadri added
Toriola became the first athlete on
the continent to qualify for his seventh appearance at the Olympic Games.
The former African champion
secured his place at the ITTF
Africa Olympics qualification
tournament held in Khartoum,
Sudan following his 4-0 victory
over Togo’s Mawussi Agbetoglo
in the final qualification stage last
He made his debut at the 1992
Barcelona Olympics and he has
since been participating at the
Olympics and his presence at the
Rio 2016 Olympics makes him the
first athlete in Africa to feature at
the multi-sports event.
Meanwhile, the National Sports
Commission, NSC has revealed
that some athletes would be
camped in United states and
Canada before jetting to Brazil.
Director-General of NSC Mallam
Al-Hassan Yakmut who disclosed
this to Nigerian Pilot Sports said
“for instance what we have done
so far is to make sure that only the
pockets of those athletes who are
within the bracket of first eight in
the world will start early camping
while the others will enjoy open
camping before they go to close

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