As preparations gather momentum for the forthcoming Rio Olympics Games in Brazil, the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, along with potential sponsors and other stakeholders say they foresee a surprise performance by the Nigerian team at the Games.
“In fact, we foresee Team Nigeria performing better than the team that we took to the Atlanta ’96 Games, because we’ve got the talent and officials to help redefine Nigerian sports, especially as we are not going to the January Nations Cup”, Tony Ubani, the NOC Image Maker quoted the body’s President, Mallam Habu Gumel, as saying.
The NOC leadership, says with Samson Siasia in-charge of the Dream Team 6, they were sure that after a silver medal effort at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 by the Nigerian U23 football team, it was time for Nigeria to recreate its football potentials by winning the gold medal, because it failed to qualify for the last Olympics football event in London.
The working team also tipped top Nigerian athletes like Blessing Okagbare and Tosin Oke to shake the Olympic Games with other eyes on the wrestling team and the male basketball team, the D’Tigers. Gradually, we shall be releasing our desire to make Nigeria the best African team that will take part at the forthcoming Olympics.
We believe we are better than the Kenyans of this world, the Ethiopians and others, it’s time to show our stuff and there can’t be a better time to prove our strength than now”.
Plans are already in the pipeline to involve Corporate Nigeria in the buildup to the Olympic Games, as the Games are now less than 100 days to commencement.