The Nigeria Olympic Committee yesterday named Chika Chukwumerije as captain of Team Nigeria to the London 2012 Olympics, beginning Friday, July 27.
Chukwumerije will be competing in the Taekwondo event for Nigeria and he is one of the country’s medal hopefuls at the Games
He won a gold medal at the 2007 All-Africa Games in the +80kg class and qualified for the 2008
Olympic Games soon after. Although he lost to eventual silver-medal winner Alexandros Nikolaidis in the semifinals of the +80kg event, he claimed the bronze medal after defeating Akmal Irgashev of Uzbekistan, Nigeria’s third medal of the tournament.
Blessing Okagbare, who will be competing in the sprints and long jump events was also named as the assistant captain of Team Nigeria, while Maria Usman will be Nigeria’s flag-bearer in the opening ceremony of the Games.
The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Tony Ubani disclosed to Vanguard Sports that the choice of Chukwumerije was based on his consistency, dedication and show of a high degree of patriotism.
“Chika has been the ideal athlete who, we believe can carry others along. He is a role model, very disciplined and focused,”Ubani said, adding, “Okagbare and Usman equally deserve their places in Team Nigeria.