30th March, 2012
Athletics is an exclusive collection of sports that has brought much joy to Nigerians and remains Nigeria’s hope of winning medals at the Olympic Games in London 2012.
This was the submission of captain of Track and Field in Team Nigeria, Saul Weigopwa, who claimed that Nigerians will not only win medals in all the relay events at the Olympics, but some of the country’s athletes would make it to the finals of their various events.
Nigeria has been successful in athletics. The country won 13 of its 23 medals at the Olympic Games from athletics. Weigopwa, an Olympic bronze medallist at the 2004 Athens men’s 4X400 relay is hopeful Nigeria will win more this summer.
Weigopwa, 28, who is currently training in Atlanta, United States, with the rest of the team under the leadership of the new national athletics coach, Innocent Egbunike, believes the expertise and professionalism of the new coach will help the team perform better at the London Games.
“Everything is scientific, you are to follow the laid down plan, which could not be altered. We have sessions where motivational speakers give us inspirational speeches,” he said.
He is optimistic that the experience the team have garnered over the weeks will spur them to perform better and win medals than they did in the previous Olympics.
“We need to perfect the technical aspect as a team, once we have achieved that, we can win four relay medals,” he said.
Weigopwa also set a personal goal for himself, which is making it to the final of the men’s 400 metres. “I will make the final of the Olympics and from there anything is possible, I could win a medal,” he said.
He also praised the Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi for making it possible for the team to camp in Atlanta.