Olympics And The Mirror Of Nigeria

Olympics and the Mirror of Nigeria

By Okey Ndibe (okeyndibe@gmail.com)

As I sat down to write this piece, the Nigerian contingent had won not a single medal at the 2012 London Olympics. In fact, the country of 166 million people – aka giant of Africa; the proud host of Africa’s largest political party; and whose public office holders are some of the world’s most highly paid officials – had not seriously threatened to pick up any of the hardware (gold, silver, bronze) that’s the reward for the world’s best athletes. And as the seconds ticked away, Nigeria’s hopes, by every realistic measure, seemed to evaporate faster than the dewfall in the country’s tropical sun.alt

You’d think that a country like Nigeria would parlay its huge, varied and enterprising population into a medal or two. Perish the thought!

One can predict a rather predictable retort: that there’s no correlation between population and performance at the Olympics. A critic might point to India’s notorious under-performance (a mere three medals so far, despite a population that tops 1.2 billion). Or Indonesia’s far from inspiring performance (two medals, for a country with a population of 237 million). There’s also the forgettable showing by Pakistan (180 million people) and Bangladesh (152 million); as at this writing, both countries had combined for zero medals.

Yet, it may be said for India, Pakistan and Bangladesh that these are countries that are culturally indifferent to most of the events at the Olympics. If the game of cricket were an Olympic event, then they’d wake up for it.

Perhaps, a different species of cultural indifference accounts for Nigeria’s wretched outing in London. We’ve become a people allergic to planning, averse to preparation, and deeply hostile to excellence. Serious contenders at international meets have figured out that it takes serious and consistent planning, the hiring of top coaches as well as long-term investment in equipment and athletes to produce world-class talent.

By contrast, between Olympics, Nigerian sports officials seem to slip into slumber mode. Their calendars are scrubbed free of any preparations for the next Olympics. Then, sometimes with only months to go, they startle awake, scramble for funds, and assemble another ill-equipped, poorly trained contingent.

Nobody should wonder that, every four years, Nigerian athletes march at the Olympics but woefully fail to measure up against the world’s best athletes. Nigeria’s ungolden showing is a mirror of a broader malaise, a parable of a nation that’s wedded to failure.

Victims of official nonchalance, pathetic funding and overall scrappy preparation, Nigerian athletes arrived in London with – literally – only prayers going for them. Yes, Nigeria’s flag bearers are sorry specimens of third-rate equipment and training. Whether it’s the Olympics or the World Cup, we stubbornly neglect to prepare for the games. Then, come time for the contest, our pastors and imams shriek prayers to heaven. Vociferously, our prelates behave as if God owed it to us to be a permanent member of the Nigerian team, if not our standby factotum. They importune God to score goals for us that our hastily assembled soccer teams can’t manage. They ask God to make our athletes faster and stronger than their training warrants. They ask heaven, in short, to nullify other teams’ or athletes’ hard work, their superior training and fastidious preparation, and – deserving or not – to hand us the gold!

Last week, Nigeria’s men’s basketball team at the Olympics seemed to take only prayers to the court in a match against the star-studded US team. At the end of regulation, the outcome was the equivalent of a bloodless massacre. The US team scored 156 points to Nigeria’s 73. The margin of victory – 83 points – was the largest in Olympic basketball history. It was a manhandling; it was as devastating, as thoroughly humiliating an outing as any country has ever had at the Olympics.

Nobody who knows anything about basketball expected the game to be close, much less that Nigeria would eke out a win. But it was altogether within the realm of possibility for the Nigerian team to lose by no more than forty points. To concede a whopping 83 points bespoke an attitude of surrender. As a friend of mine quipped, the Nigerian players should simply have refused to play, instead indicating that they showed up merely to collect autographs from such US star players as Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony.

The US basketball players got the credit for making heroic history; their Nigerian opponents picked up the discredit for dubious history. One Nigerian player – acknowledging the historic scale of their loss – spoke as if it was an achievement to witness that history.

Yet, it’s unjust to put all blame on the players. Their coach said they were ravaged by injuries and had had little training. That’s not the players’ fault; that’s the fault of a country that permits its public officials to steal every naira, dollar and pound sterling in sight and out of sight.

Two days after raining on Nigeria, the US team came within six minutes of losing to Lithuania. The Lithuanian side demonstrated what’s possible when overmatched (but well-trained) players decide to play with grit, with tenacity, determination and pride.

My hunch is that the main difference between Lithuania’s basketball players and Nigeria’s can be found in the quality of leaders in their respective countries. Nigerian leaders – as President Goodluck Jonathan made bold to tell us recently – don’t give a damn. What Mr. Jonathan knows, but didn’t say in so many words, is that Nigerian leaders give a damn for one sport and one sport only: the corner-cutting rat race to accumulate riches. If greed, indolence and false piety were Olympic events, Nigerians would contend for many, many gold medals.

As at this writing, Kazakhstan, a nation of only 15 million people, had won five medals – all gold, four in weightlifting alone. Anybody who looks at Kazakhstan’s medal haul can deduce that here’s a country that takes weightlifting seriously.

By contrast, Nigeria takes no department of sports seriously. Forget sports, Nigeria takes no sector of development seriously. The luckless populace of Nigerians is not even treated as if they were human.

Nigeria’s president, governors, legislators and local government councilors are some of the most obscenely paid in the world. And this doesn’t count the illicit haul they embezzle day after day. Each month, each of Nigeria’s thirty six governors collects enough cash (in salaries, allowances and the scam called security vote) to pay President Barack Obama’s annual salary seven or more times over. Each month! And yet, the Nigerian president, most of the country’s governors, and virtually all its legislators are certified mediocrities. If they entered a contest for stellar leadership, they’d all be laughed out of the competition, treated as the contemptible jokers they are.

Nigerian officials don’t understand the first thing about leadership. They speak about delivering the dividends of democracy, but the only dividends ever delivered are to their fraudulent bank accounts. They wax about moving their states (or local government area or nation) forward, but fail to specify they mean forward into the deep, jagged precipice. They have no clue how to solve the most basic of problems – and so, with predictable folly, they invoke God.

Let’s take Plateau State. Thousands of residents there have either perished or being displaced by incessant acts of sectarian violence. Yet, the state governor, Jonah Jang, has no ideas how to stem the bloodbath. So what does he do? Last week, he told besieged residents that God had revealed to him that the state’s deadly crisis was ‘‘because of their sins.’’ One newspaper reported that Governor Jang disclosed that he had received “a revelation from God that what has befallen the state was ‘the wrath of God over their sins.’”

And the governor, a former military officer, had a “God-given” solution handy. “I want to call on the youths to stop engaging in drinking alcohol. You should form vigilante groups to climb the rocks and hills to protect women and children in the area from being attacked.” Mr. Jang forgot to add that God summoned him, as He did Moses, atop Mount Horeb to hand him a tablet with the divine decree.

Going by Governor Jang’s bizarre theology, God never gets angry with those who mindlessly loot public funds. But let some young men drink a beer or two, and God flies into a deadly rage. In any annals of true leaders, Mr. Jang’s stipulations would invite nothing but derision. The scandal is that Governor Jang’s nonsensical treatise is the rule, not the exception. Is it any wonder that we fail at tasks that demand mental or physical rigor and preparation?



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Re: Olympics And The Mirror Of Nigeria
Uncle Sam posted on 08-06-2012, 21:39:44 PM
You nailed this one. When, United Kingdom won just one Gold in Atlanta, they hatched a plan to do better in future. They figured they would fund their plans with money from lottery. They implemented their plan.

The last time I checked the medal table count, UK was third with 16 Gold.

I am here yearning to see Nigeria's flag raised and hear our National Anthem played. I realized that that might be asking for too much as only Gold medal winning countries will hear their anthem played. So, maybe, I thought that IOC must change the custom and play the anthem for all winners. Maybe all the stanzas of an anthem for the Gold winning country. Two stanzas for silver and one stanza for bronze.

Then I realized that even at that, I will not hear our anthem because we are yet to win.
Olympics And The Mirror Of Nigeria
Okey Ndibe posted on 08-06-2012, 22:16:24 PM
Olympics and the Mirror of Nigeria

By Okey Ndibe (okeyndibe@gmail.com)

As I sat down to write this piece, the Nigerian contingent had won not a single medal at the 2012 London Olympics. In fact, the country of 166 million people – aka giant of Africa; the proud host of Africa’s largest political party; and whose public office holders are some of the world’s most highly paid officials – had not seriously threatened to pick up any of the hardware (gold, silver, bronze) that’s the reward for the world’s best athletes. And as the seconds ticked away, Nigeria’s hopes, by every realistic measure, seemed to evaporate faster than the dewfall in the country’s tropical sun.user posted image

You’d think that a country like Nigeria would parlay its huge, varied and enterprising population into a medal or two. Perish the thought!

One can predict a rather predictable retort: that there’s no correlation between population and performance at the Olympics. A critic might point to India’s notorious under-performance (a mere three medals so far, despite a population that tops 1.2 billion). Or Indonesia’s far from inspiring performance (two medals, for a country with a population of 237 million). There’s also the forgettable showing by Pakistan (180 million people) and Bangladesh (152 million); as at this writing, both countries had combined for zero medals.

Yet, it may be said for India, Pakistan and Bangladesh that these are countries that are culturally indifferent to most of the events at the Olympics. If the game of cricket were an Olympic event, then they’d wake up for it.

Perhaps, a different species of cultural indifference accounts for Nigeria’s wretched outing in London. We’ve become a people allergic to planning, averse to preparation, and deeply hostile to excellence. Serious contenders at international meets have figured out that it takes serious and consistent planning, the hiring of top coaches as well as long-term investment in equipment and athletes to produce world-class talent.

By contrast, between Olympics, Nigerian sports officials seem to slip into slumber mode. Their calendars are scrubbed free of any preparations for the next Olympics. Then, sometimes with only months to go, they startle awake, scramble for funds, and assemble another ill-equipped, poorly trained contingent.

Nobody should wonder that, every four years, Nigerian athletes march at the Olympics but woefully fail to measure up against the world’s best athletes. Nigeria’s ungolden showing is a mirror of a broader malaise, a parable of a nation that’s wedded to failure.

Victims of official nonchalance, pathetic funding and overall scrappy preparation, Nigerian athletes arrived in London with – literally – only prayers going for them. Yes, Nigeria’s flag bearers are sorry specimens of third-rate equipment and training. Whether it’s the Olympics or the World Cup, we stubbornly neglect to prepare for the games. Then, come time for the contest, our pastors and imams shriek prayers to heaven. Vociferously, our prelates behave as if God owed it to us to be a permanent member of the Nigerian team, if not our standby factotum. They importune God to score goals for us that our hastily assembled soccer teams can’t manage. They ask God to make our athletes faster and stronger than their training warrants. They ask heaven, in short, to nullify other teams’ or athletes’ hard work, their superior training and fastidious preparation, and – deserving or not – to hand us the gold!

Last week, Nigeria’s men’s basketball team at the Olympics seemed to take only prayers to the court in a match against the star-studded US team. At the end of regulation, the outcome was the equivalent of a bloodless massacre. The US team scored 156 points to Nigeria’s 73. The margin of victory – 83 points – was the largest in Olympic basketball history. It was a manhandling; it was as devastating, as thoroughly humiliating an outing as any country has ever had at the Olympics.

Nobody who knows anything about basketball expected the game to be close, much less that Nigeria would eke out a win. But it was altogether within the realm of possibility for the Nigerian team to lose by no more than forty points. To concede a whopping 83 points bespoke an attitude of surrender. As a friend of mine quipped, the Nigerian players should simply have refused to play, instead indicating that they showed up merely to collect autographs from such US star players as Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony.

The US basketball players got the credit for making heroic history; their Nigerian opponents picked up the discredit for dubious history. One Nigerian player – acknowledging the historic scale of their loss – spoke as if it was an achievement to witness that history.

Yet, it’s unjust to put all blame on the players. Their coach said they were ravaged by injuries and had had little training. That’s not the players’ fault; that’s the fault of a country that permits its public officials to steal every naira, dollar and pound sterling in sight and out of sight.

Two days after raining on Nigeria, the US team came within six minutes of losing to Lithuania. The Lithuanian side demonstrated what’s possible when overmatched (but well-trained) players decide to play with grit, with tenacity, determination and pride.

My hunch is that the main difference between Lithuania’s basketball players and Nigeria’s can be found in the quality of leaders in their respective countries. Nigerian leaders – as President Goodluck Jonathan made bold to tell us recently – don’t give a damn. What Mr. Jonathan knows, but didn’t say in so many words, is that Nigerian leaders give a damn for one sport and one sport only: the corner-cutting rat race to accumulate riches. If greed, indolence and false piety were Olympic events, Nigerians would contend for many, many gold medals.

As at this writing, Kazakhstan, a nation of only 15 million people, had won five medals – all gold, four in weightlifting alone. Anybody who looks at Kazakhstan’s medal haul can deduce that here’s a country that takes weightlifting seriously.

By contrast, Nigeria takes no department of sports seriously. Forget sports, Nigeria takes no sector of development seriously. The luckless populace of Nigerians is not even treated as if they were human.

Nigeria’s president, governors, legislators and local government councilors are some of the most obscenely paid in the world. And this doesn’t count the illicit haul they embezzle day after day. Each month, each of Nigeria’s thirty six governors collects enough cash (in salaries, allowances and the scam called security vote) to pay President Barack Obama’s annual salary seven or more times over. Each month! And yet, the Nigerian president, most of the country’s governors, and virtually all its legislators are certified mediocrities. If they entered a contest for stellar leadership, they’d all be laughed out of the competition, treated as the contemptible jokers they are.

Nigerian officials don’t understand the first thing about leadership. They speak about delivering the dividends of democracy, but the only dividends ever delivered are to their fraudulent bank accounts. They wax about moving their states (or local government area or nation) forward, but fail to specify they mean forward into the deep, jagged precipice. They have no clue how to solve the most basic of problems – and so, with predictable folly, they invoke God.

Let’s take Plateau State. Thousands of residents there have either perished or being displaced by incessant acts of sectarian violence. Yet, the state governor, Jonah Jang, has no ideas how to stem the bloodbath. So what does he do? Last week, he told besieged residents that God had revealed to him that the state’s deadly crisis was ‘‘because of their sins.’’ One newspaper reported that Governor Jang disclosed that he had received “a revelation from God that what has befallen the state was ‘the wrath of God over their sins.’”

And the governor, a former military officer, had a “God-given” solution handy. “I want to call on the youths to stop engaging in drinking alcohol. You should form vigilante groups to climb the rocks and hills to protect women and children in the area from being attacked.” Mr. Jang forgot to add that God summoned him, as He did Moses, atop Mount Horeb to hand him a tablet with the divine decree.

Going by Governor Jang’s bizarre theology, God never gets angry with those who mindlessly loot public funds. But let some young men drink a beer or two, and God flies into a deadly rage. In any annals of true leaders, Mr. Jang’s stipulations would invite nothing but derision. The scandal is that Governor Jang’s nonsensical treatise is the rule, not the exception. Is it any wonder that we fail at tasks that demand mental or physical rigor and preparation?

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Re: Olympics And The Mirror Of Nigeria
Bode Eluyera posted on 08-06-2012, 22:16:24 PM


Olympics and the Mirror of Nigeria



By Okey Ndibe (okeyndibe@gmail.com)



As I sat down to write this piece, the Nigerian contingent had won not a single medal at the 2012 London Olympics. In fact, the country of 166 million people – aka giant of Africa; the proud host of Africa’s largest political party; and whose public office holders are some of the world’s most highly paid officials – had not seriously threatened to pick up any of the hardware (gold, silver, bronze) that’s the reward for the world’s best athletes. And as the seconds ticked away, Nigeria’s hopes, by every realistic measure, seemed to evaporate faster than the dewfall in the country’s tropical sun.alt



You’d think that a country like Nigeria would parlay its huge, varied and enterprising population into a medal or two. Perish the thought!



One can predict a rather predictable retort: that there’s no correlation between population and performance at the Olympics. A critic might point to India’s notorious under-performance (a mere three medals so far, despite a population that tops 1.2 billion). Or Indonesia’s far from inspiring performance (two medals, for a country with a population of 237 million). There’s also the forgettable showing by Pakistan (180 million people) and Bangladesh (152 million); as at this writing, both countries had combined for zero medals.



Yet, it may be said for India, Pakistan and Bangladesh that these are countries that are culturally indifferent to most of the events at the Olympics. If the game of cricket were an Olympic event, then they’d wake up for it.



Perhaps, a different species of cultural indifference accounts for Nigeria’s wretched outing in London. We’ve become a people allergic to planning, averse to preparation, and deeply hostile to excellence. Serious contenders at international meets have figured out that it takes serious and consistent planning, the hiring of top coaches as well as long-term investment in equipment and athletes to produce world-class talent.



By contrast, between Olympics, Nigerian sports officials seem to slip into slumber mode. Their calendars are scrubbed free of any preparations for the next Olympics. Then, sometimes with only months to go, they startle awake, scramble for funds, and assemble another ill-equipped, poorly trained contingent.



Nobody should wonder that, every four years, Nigerian athletes march at the Olympics but woefully fail to measure up against the world’s best athletes. Nigeria’s ungolden showing is a mirror of a broader malaise, a parable of a nation that’s wedded to failure.



Victims of official nonchalance, pathetic funding and overall scrappy preparation, Nigerian athletes arrived in London with – literally – only prayers going for them. Yes, Nigeria’s flag bearers are sorry specimens of third-rate equipment and training. Whether it’s the Olympics or the World Cup, we stubbornly neglect to prepare for the games. Then, come time for the contest, our pastors and imams shriek prayers to heaven. Vociferously, our prelates behave as if God owed it to us to be a permanent member of the Nigerian team, if not our standby factotum. They importune God to score goals for us that our hastily assembled soccer teams can’t manage. They ask God to make our athletes faster and stronger than their training warrants. They ask heaven, in short, to nullify other teams’ or athletes’ hard work, their superior training and fastidious preparation, and – deserving or not – to hand us the gold!



Last week, Nigeria’s men’s basketball team at the Olympics seemed to take only prayers to the court in a match against the star-studded US team. At the end of regulation, the outcome was the equivalent of a bloodless massacre. The US team scored 156 points to Nigeria’s 73. The margin of victory – 83 points – was the largest in Olympic basketball history. It was a manhandling; it was as devastating, as thoroughly humiliating an outing as any country has ever had at the Olympics.



Nobody who knows anything about basketball expected the game to be close, much less that Nigeria would eke out a win. But it was altogether within the realm of possibility for the Nigerian team to lose by no more than forty points. To concede a whopping 83 points bespoke an attitude of surrender. As a friend of mine quipped, the Nigerian players should simply have refused to play, instead indicating that they showed up merely to collect autographs from such US star players as Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony.



The US basketball players got the credit for making heroic history; their Nigerian opponents picked up the discredit for dubious history. One Nigerian player – acknowledging the historic scale of their loss – spoke as if it was an achievement to witness that history.



Yet, it’s unjust to put all blame on the players. Their coach said they were ravaged by injuries and had had little training. That’s not the players’ fault; that’s the fault of a country that permits its public officials to steal every naira, dollar and pound sterling in sight and out of sight.



Two days after raining on Nigeria, the US team came within six minutes of losing to Lithuania. The Lithuanian side demonstrated what’s possible when overmatched (but well-trained) players decide to play with grit, with tenacity, determination and pride.



My hunch is that the main difference between Lithuania’s basketball players and Nigeria’s can be found in the quality of leaders in their respective countries. Nigerian leaders – as President Goodluck Jonathan made bold to tell us recently – don’t give a damn. What Mr. Jonathan knows, but didn’t say in so many words, is that Nigerian leaders give a damn for one sport and one sport only: the corner-cutting rat race to accumulate riches. If greed, indolence and false piety were Olympic events, Nigerians would contend for many, many gold medals.



As at this writing, Kazakhstan, a nation of only 15 million people, had won five medals – all gold, four in weightlifting alone. Anybody who looks at Kazakhstan’s medal haul can deduce that here’s a country that takes weightlifting seriously.



By contrast, Nigeria takes no department of sports seriously. Forget sports, Nigeria takes no sector of development seriously. The luckless populace of Nigerians is not even treated as if they were human.



Nigeria’s president, governors, legislators and local government councilors are some of the most obscenely paid in the world. And this doesn’t count the illicit haul they embezzle day after day. Each month, each of Nigeria’s thirty six governors collects enough cash (in salaries, allowances and the scam called security vote) to pay President Barack Obama’s annual salary seven or more times over. Each month! And yet, the Nigerian president, most of the country’s governors, and virtually all its legislators are certified mediocrities. If they entered a contest for stellar leadership, they’d all be laughed out of the competition, treated as the contemptible jokers they are.



Nigerian officials don’t understand the first thing about leadership. They speak about delivering the dividends of democracy, but the only dividends ever delivered are to their fraudulent bank accounts. They wax about moving their states (or local government area or nation) forward, but fail to specify they mean forward into the deep, jagged precipice. They have no clue how to solve the most basic of problems – and so, with predictable folly, they invoke God.



Let’s take Plateau State. Thousands of residents there have either perished or being displaced by incessant acts of sectarian violence. Yet, the state governor, Jonah Jang, has no ideas how to stem the bloodbath. So what does he do? Last week, he told besieged residents that God had revealed to him that the state’s deadly crisis was ‘‘because of their sins.’’ One newspaper reported that Governor Jang disclosed that he had received “a revelation from God that what has befallen the state was ‘the wrath of God over their sins.’”



And the governor, a former military officer, had a “God-given” solution handy. “I want to call on the youths to stop engaging in drinking alcohol. You should form vigilante groups to climb the rocks and hills to protect women and children in the area from being attacked.” Mr. Jang forgot to add that God summoned him, as He did Moses, atop Mount Horeb to hand him a tablet with the divine decree.



Going by Governor Jang’s bizarre theology, God never gets angry with those who mindlessly loot public funds. But let some young men drink a beer or two, and God flies into a deadly rage. In any annals of true leaders, Mr. Jang’s stipulations would invite nothing but derision. The scandal is that Governor Jang’s nonsensical treatise is the rule, not the exception. Is it any wonder that we fail at tasks that demand mental or physical rigor and preparation?



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Re: Olympics And The Mirror Of Nigeria
Uncle Sam posted on 08-06-2012, 22:24:57 PM
What is hindering us from participating in most of the non-snow aided events?

Swimming? No one

Beach volleyball-- no one

Canoeing? I laugh
Re: Olympics And The Mirror Of Nigeria
Olamide posted on 08-07-2012, 05:42:12 AM
I wonder o why we are not able to pick even a consolation medal for 'trying' (lol). I am also very sad like other Nigerians, that our national anthem will not be sung and our flag raised during this olympics. If prayers oculd bring home gold medals, we will be tired of it by now. If shouting and invoking the name of God in vain could win medals, we would probably have around 60 gold medals to our name now. I am however glad that we are not winning anything because winning any medal would have provided justification for our public officials to steal more money and attribute it to the Olympics.
I am also happy that Jonathan's famed 'good luck' has refused to work in recent times or else, he and his handlers would have parlayed it into political capital by pretending the medals came through his 'good luck'.
Can we get the Niger-Deltans to start practising swimming and canoeing, Boko Haram to represent us in shooting and area boys in boxing and wrestling?
Re: Olympics And The Mirror Of Nigeria
Iyke posted on 08-10-2012, 01:42:53 AM
just missed kaparakism for sometime now!!!
Re: Olympics And The Mirror Of Nigeria
Agensheku posted on 08-10-2012, 09:25:46 AM
QUOTE:
You nailed this one. When, United Kingdom won just one Gold in Atlanta, they hatched a plan to do better in future. They figured they would fund their plans with money from lottery. They implemented their plan.

The last time I checked the medal table count, UK was third with 16 Gold.

I am here yearning to see Nigeria's flag raised and hear our National Anthem played. I realized that that might be asking for too much as only Gold medal winning countries will hear their anthem played. So, maybe, I thought that IOC must change the custom and play the anthem for all winners. Maybe all the stanzas of an anthem for the Gold winning country. Two stanzas for silver and one stanza for bronze.

Then I realized that even at that, I will not hear our anthem because we are yet to win.
Where in Nigeria is the Olympic Village where our athletes were camped and trained for this year s Games? When last did you see the National Stadium, Surulere to see its run-down state?

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. When one fails to plan, he plans to fail. This is the lot of Nigeria. Now, wait until you hear how much was "burnt" on attending the Games, which most of the participants knew upfront that they could not win anything!

The stocky female weight-lifter s facial expression when she could not raise the weight fully said it all! She showed anger and frustration. The only major thing that unifies Nija to no end is Soccer and we failed to shine.

Consolation: At least, unlike some Cameroun sportsmen...no Nija has yet been announced to have absconded from the UK.
Re: Olympics And The Mirror Of Nigeria
Enyi posted on 08-10-2012, 09:25:49 AM
First of all, let me congratulate our athletes, even though they did not win any medals.
When I saw names like Okoye, Adeoye, Oyepitan in the British line up, I quickly checked the Nigerian team. John Bull was not there. I asked myself- what is going on? Then, I remembered that Enyi, Ewuro, FL, Auspy and others are also in diaspora. What kind of government directly or indirectly drives its people away from the country and cannot attract similar in-flow from the other side? What kind of government is unable to provide adequate training facilities and welfare for its sports men and women? Our stand in football has fallen so dramatically that no team in Africa respects the Eagles any more. Yes, until we get our priorities right, our descent into irrelevancy will continue. Naturally, our leaders do not have any shame travelling to watch smaller and poorer countries excel in Olympics. After all, why should they give a damn? If you find my thoughts on this rambling, please accept my apologies.
Re: Olympics And The Mirror Of Nigeria
Benjani posted on 08-10-2012, 23:35:52 PM
As the games of the 30th Olympiad wind down, it is interesting to see how many of you are reacting to the shameful results. The notion of rich nations versus poor nations, Germans versus Zulus and culture versus religion are all lame excuses. Israel, Oman, Brunei and UAE are rich countries. But when put together, what have they won so far? Maybe the Olympics is not their priority.
First of all, no nation is forced to come or participate beyond her capacity. Let Russia, China, U.S, and Britain each send 500 athletes to London, Chad, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea can send 2 or 3 athletes that are within the realm of world class. Anything less, they are going to make themselves look so bad.
Nations must know their strong and weak points. It is absolutely insane when nations send runners who can at best run 100 meters in 11.5 seconds to compete against those who can easily run it in 9.7 seconds. The spirit of sportsmanship is to WIN and not just participating. Grenada, a country of 90,343 people puts her money where her mouth is by sending the fewest number of contigtents. 19 year old Kirani James won a gold medal for Grenada in 400 meters.
Prayers do not work at the Olympics but lengthy and hard preparations. You cannot haphazardly put together a team and send it to any athletic meeting let alone the Olympics. It is where the best of the bests come to tango.
Jamaica, a poor nation used to send her athletes to the U.S. for trainning. She got hit by epiphany, started sports revolution, believing her athletes could be best trained at home. Merlene Ottey was one of the first home grown Jamaican athletes and she gave Gail Devers/the Americans a run for their money. The end result is, Jamaica boasts of the world best male runners for now and the women are doing great too. Jamaica once sent a Bobsled team to compete in winter game in Canada.
Cuba is also a poor nation but Cubans believe so much in themselves. Under great leadership, Cubans are highly determined. Despite more than 40 years of economic embargo imposed on Cuba by the U.S, Cuba excels in education and sports.
Just like broda Enyi, my heart too goes out to the Nigeria athletes who under the worst circustances still want to represent Nigeria. I hope a great lesson is learnt from this total failure.
The preparations for the next Olympic starts now and not four months before the games.
Re: Olympics And The Mirror Of Nigeria
Dewdrops posted on 08-14-2012, 14:33:22 PM
Only to make noise for cyber and yahoo-yahoo romance.

http://www.punchng.com/london-2012-olympics/we-never-planned-to-humiliate-nigeria-us-coach-2/

QUOTE:
We never planned to humiliate Nigeria - US coach



August 4, 2012 by Pius Ayinor


The coach of the USA basketball team Mike Krzyzewski has denied that his team arrived at the Basketball Arena of the London 2012 Olympics determined to humiliate Nigeria for being loud-mouthed.



The soft-spoken manager told the world media after the game which saw Nigerian Tigers well flogged in a game which ended 156-73. He said what happened to Nigeria could have happened to any other team given the performance his players put up.

He said, \"It is wrong for anyone to say that it was a game plan to embarrass Nigeria because of the interest the game generated since the draw was made. The result turned out that way because of the shooting percentage we had on the night. We have never had it so good at shooting and I am sure it is so for many teams across the world. Our shooting was incredible and we are surprised by what we achieved.

\"It was just that Nigeria happened to be the team on ground the day we got it so right. If it was another team and we had this kind of shooting performance they could never have come near us. Indeed it was a night of shots on both sides because the Nigerians were scoring highly too.

\"The Nigerian team is a winning team. They did not get to the Olympics by a wild card; they battled their way to this place from the Venezuela qualifiers which featured great teams from Europe. Yes, we came determined to win the game because any slip can be dangerous but it was a night that what we have always trained for worked perfectly.\"

The match which was highly publicised and followed by the widest audience since the basketball event started at London Olympics set many records. It produced the widest losing margin in Olympic history; and the best scoring percentage ever for Team USA. At the two-points range, they hit 30/37 (scored 30 out of 37 attempts) and an incredible 29/46 in the three-points range.

Anthony Carmelo who led the scoring on both sides with 37 points hit 81 per cent of field goals - 13/16 from the two-points range and 10/13 for three-pointers.
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