29th December, 2011
President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, Solomon Ogba, has said athletics will give Nigeria a lift at next yearâ€™s Olympic Games in London.
Ogba said that with the current form and performance of the Nigerian athletes, he is sure of good outing for the country at the Summer Games.
â€œBearing no major setback in terms of injury to our athletes I forsee Nigeria taking the world by storm at the Olympics, just like we did in Atlanta â€˜96, through Chioma Ajunwa in the long jump event,â€ the AFN boss said.
Ogba,however, expressed sadness over the countryâ€™s failure to dominate African athletics at the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique in the outgoing year like it used to do
He said: â€œI will like Nigerians to watch out for our athletes at the Summer Olympics. I am sure we wonâ€™t disappoint them and hopefully we will win a couple of gold medals.,â€ he said.
He refuted the claim that Nigeria had a poor outing in Deagu, where the World Athletics Championships ended with Nigeria not winning a single medal.
â€œNo, we did not fail. We were in the final of five events. The athletes performed to the best of their abilities. I feel they should be commended. It is not easy being among the best five or eight in the world. It was a keenly contested Championships and I salute the athletes who defended Nigeriaâ€™s flag in Deagu,â€ Ogba said.