Nigeria’s Beijing 2015 outing a disappointmentFrom OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) -A DAMP squib.
For lack of a sterner description, that best describes Nigeria’s outing at the just-ended International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF)
Championships in Beijing China.
The continent’s most populous nation reminded us once again that being the richest (Nigeria’s economy is the biggest in Africa) does not translate to being the most successful with a showing that yielded no medal in this Asian country.
This has left a sour taste on many a patriot and follower who had high hopes for Team Nigeria.
“Nigeria has been a disgrace at the on-going IAAF here in Beijing, China. As Africa’s biggest brother, we let down our nation and the entire continent,” said Emeka Okonkwo, who made his trip to Beijing to watch the country’s athletes flop.
Socio-economic analysts, Ukwa Ekeke also did not take kindly to the “embarrassment.”
“With its abundance oil reserves, Nigeria could still invest in economic
and sporting development of the country than the humiliation witnessed
here,” said Ukwa Ekeke.
He pointed out that economic power-houses across the world invest heavily in almost all areas as evidenced by European power-houses, Britain and Germany, who were on fourth and seventh in the medals’ table.
“Apart from athletics, the two nations have been strong in other global sporting disciplines such as football while their economic status ensured they balance the support of the sport development,” said Ekeke.
To add insult to Nigerians injuries, while smaller African nations such as Eritrea could be found in the global top 20 medals’ chart, Nigeria are completely out of the top 50.
They are not ranked at all.
Only six African countries have raised the continent’s flag high with Kenya leading the world with a harvest of 16 medals, Ethiopia with eight medals, South Africa three, Eritrea, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco with one apiece.
– CAJ News
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