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Olympics: Weightlifting official sceptical on medals

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By Ime Bassey

…As Racing Eagles appoints Team Manager
A top official in the Nigerian Weightlifting Federation has  said that the country might not win any medal at the forth coming London Olympics.

In a chat with Saturday Vanguard Sports, the official who pleaded anonymity, said the camping of the lifters was kept in secrecy, stressing, “I am not sure of any medals coming from the lifters  in camp. There is only one lifter that is within the mark of top seven in the world and three to four weeks camping in Germany can’t change anything in her. So Nigerians should not expect anything from the lifters,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Racing Eagles (NRE) has appointed former Lotus Renault F1 team manager, John Wickham as its team manager.

Owner of the team, Ribi Adeshokan, who disclosed this to Saturday Vanguard Sports from London said that Wickham’s appointment will bring growth and international competitiveness to NRE as  his wealth of experience in driving development will serve as a springboard for drivers’ discovery and advancement.

“We have appointed John Wickham, former Team Manager of Renault Lotus F1 in 2011, Bentley GT and Audi UK Sport as Nigeria Racing Eagles Team Manager. John’s appointment is a big catch for us because of his Formula 1 experience, which I believe will give us huge attraction in Nigeria and globally,” he said.

Adeshokan added that Racing Eagles will compete in four races before the end of the year, precisely from September. The races include, Silverstone BGT, Moscow FIA GT3, Barcelona Open GT and Abu Dhabi 12hr.
John Wickham would be unveiled in Lagos during the official lunch of Nigerian Racing Eagles.

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