29th August, 2011
Captain of Nigerian Judokasâ€™ team to the ongoing World Judo Championships in Paris, France, Chukwuemeka Oyemachi, has stated that the National Sports Commission, NSC, is indirectly killing the morale of sports men and women in the country.
Oyemachi said the NSC is not doing enough to individual players in terms of motivation and financial support.
â€œThose at the helm of affairs at the NSC need to do more for individual athletes just like it is done in developed countries. They need to cater for the athletes not only when they are representing the country at the international event but at all times.
“Our welfare should also be paramount to them just as they do to others in various sports. We are calling on all those that are concerned to at least accord us the deserved recognition when allocating funds for sporting federations,â€ he said.
Oyemachi, who spent five years in Spain before committing his allegiance to Nigeria, however, said the countryâ€™s contingent to the world tournament would do their best to make the country proud.
â€œWe are doing our best to make sure Nigeriaâ€™s name is written in gold at this championship and with luck on our side we should be smiling at the end of the tourney.
“There is no pressure on us because we are happy representing the country. We are ready to make our country proud. I worked hard in Spain. I did not go to Spain for jamboree, I have been training with some Spanish athletes and I have gained a lot from them,â€ he said.
Meanwhile, this will be the 5th time the World Judo Championships is being held in Paris, France. The championship was held in the country in 1961, 1979, 1982 and 1997.
Japan is one of the favourites to win medals at this championship, the country, where judo originated from.
France is also a serious contender along with USA, Greece, South Korea and Brazil.
The championship will serve as key to the qualifications for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.