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Minister wants more Nigerians at venues

By Onochie Anibeze
Apparently not satisfied with a few things and determined to lift a falling Nigeria’s team sports minister, Bollaji Abdullai called a meeting of leaders of the federations here and urged to get things right.

Table Tennis players and the boxers Nigeria presented have all crashed out. The boxers were more awful and many are wondering to what has happened to the sport that won Nigeria her first international medal.

Unlike his predecessors who remained in their hotels while games were on Bollaji tours venues to cheer Nigerian athletes. He is even scandalised that he doesn’t see Nigerian officials in such venues. Those who handled accreditation were not consistent with the right  procedures and this has left many officials without accreditation here. They cannot get to venues and they watch events on television just like people at home.

Another thing has has awed the minister, we gathered, is the ease with which Nigerian athletes are beaten here. He believes the country could do better and hopes to plan better for future Olympics.

Nigeria’s hopes are on track and field where they bank on Blessing Okagbare on the Long Jump and the sprints. They also hope that Uche Chukwumereije



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