22nd September, 2011
Former national 4x400m record holder and Olympian, Gloria Obajimi, has expressed satisfaction over Team Nigeriaâ€™s third position at the just concluded All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.
Obajimi told P.M. Sports at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos that despite shoddy preparation for the African championship in Maputo, the Nigerian contingent did a great job with their position on the medals table.
She added that other African countries are working hard to close the gap between them and Nigeria.
â€œThe position of Team Nigeria on the medals table is okay if we consider the preparation of our athletes for the games. They gave a good account of themselves and did the nation proud. Other African countries are doing everything possible to close the gap between us and them,â€ she said.
The Director, Women Development of Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, said that the nation would have attained a better position in Maputo Games if the sports where Nigeria had comparative advantage over other countries in the continent were not omitted from the games due to politics played in the All Africa Games.
â€œSome sports were not allowed by the organisers of the All Africa Games in Maputo due to politics. It really affected our final standing on the log. Games like powerlifting, weight lifting were not allowed. Our administrators need to be on top of this kind of politics that can rob us of good medals in the future,â€ she said.
She charged the nationâ€™s sports administrators to work hard on talents discovery and grooming, adding that the future of Nigerian sports lies in the hands of the younger athletes if they are nurtured to stardom.
â€œSports administrators need to work hard on talents discovery and grooming. They need to put in place programmes where these young athletes would be moulded to international standard, as they are the future of the nationâ€™s sports,â€ she said.