BY KATE OBODO
Former President of the Cycling federation of Rev. Moses Ilo is optimistic that Nigeria will do well at the Olympics if the right things are done to the athletes.
“What I want the officials of Team Nigeria to do is to give these athletes who have shown signs of progress the best and attend to their needs. Make them know that it is not only to win medals but also to develop the spirit of patriotism and know that they are representing Nigeria and in the end Nigerians would be appreciative of their efforts.
“Right now, sportsmen are suspicious of Nigeria especially government, who in the past promised and failed. Also for them to succeed, they need psychologists to boost them up for the competition. They should treat them like very rare jewels and I believe if they are well taken care of, there will be hope.
“We need to be patriotic because nobody really cares about Nigeria now, but this is an opportunity for us to restore the image of Nigeria. All hands should be on deck for these athletes to succeed. They should also ensure they don’t have any distraction, no internal quarrel. They should treat them well and let them know that over 160 million Nigerians are praying for them.” Iloh said.
Asked if Nigeria can surpass the last Olympics in 2008, Rev. Iloh said, “of course, we can do well. We should be able to get at-least 4 gold medals from athletics, and 2 from boxing.”