P.M. NEWS Nigeria » London Olympics 2012 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:50:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Globacom Premier League: 3SC Declare War On Enyimba http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/10/02/globacom-premier-league-3sc-declare-war-on-enyimba/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/10/02/globacom-premier-league-3sc-declare-war-on-enyimba/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:45:04 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=173514 The 3SC Football Club of Ibadan have declared total war on former Africa champions, Enyimba Football Club of Aba when both teams clash this evening in week 35 Globacom Premier League tie.

Media officer of 3SC, Jubril Arowolo told P.M.NEWS Sports on telephone interview that Enyimba should not think of picking a draw in Ibadan, saying that the players are fully ready to clinch the three point at stake.

“It is going to be another tough match for us. Having beaten Rangers FC recently, I hope Enyimba will also fall in today’s match.Our players know their position on the table and they cannot afford to lose to Enyimba.They have promised their fans that they will come out victorious when they meet Enyimba in today’s match,” he said.

Arowolo said the coaching crew led by Hakeem Busari will field best players to avoid any short of victory in today’s encounter.

Meanwhile,Enyimba lead the table with 58 points, while 3SC are second from bottom with 42 points and set to drop to the lower league by season’s end.

Enyimba forward, Chimezie Amanfor said that they are going for victory against 3SC.

“I know 3SC will fight hard to get victory, but we are going there for victory that will make us move closer to the title. We are equal to the task,” Amanfor told MTNFootball.com.

— Sunday Akintoye

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Britain grants asylum to missing Cameroon Olympians http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/09/14/britain-grants-asylum-to-missing-cameroon-olympians/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/09/14/britain-grants-asylum-to-missing-cameroon-olympians/#comments Sat, 14 Sep 2013 10:23:13 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=171953 Cameroon boxers who vanished during London 2012 Olympic Games have been found living in Salvation Army homeless shelter in Sunderland.

The pair, Thomas Essomba, 25, and Blaise Yepmou Mendouo, 28, disappeared from the Olympic Village during last year’s Games and are now training for the UK Championships.

Mirror of London reports that two boxers from Cameroon, who vanished from the Olympic Village last year, were secretly relocated by the Home Office.

Essomba and Mendouo plus five other athletes disappeared amid claims they had been threatened if they lost.

Officials from Cameroon said they had economic reasons for vanishing.

But the Home Office confirmed it had granted the two boxers asylum and sent them to ­Sunderland.

They are living at a Salvation Army homeless shelter and training for free at a local gym.

Mr Mendouo said: “Where I live it’s not very good for me but I don’t have a choice.

“Sometimes I think about my mum but it’s too hard. Anyway, I’m happy to be here.”

Mr Essomba said he was “eternally grateful” to be back in the ring.

Phil Jeffries, dad of 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Tony, is mentoring the pair in a bid to make them amateur champions.

He said: “They walked into the gym, explained who they were and they’ve been model boxers since. The kids look up to them.”

The Home Office did not comment on the other five athletes.

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West Ham Move To Britain’s Olympic Stadium http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/03/22/west-ham-move-to-britains-olympic-stadium/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/03/22/west-ham-move-to-britains-olympic-stadium/#comments Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:44:23 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=158072 West Ham United football club are to become the main tenants of London’s Olympic Stadium, the BBC reported on Friday ahead of an official announcement expected later in the day.

The long-term future of the £429 million ($648-million, 503-million-euro) venue in Stratford, east London, was supposed to have been decided before last year’s Games but a series of legal challenges have led to a drawn-out process.

The BBC said the British government have agreed to put in an extra £25 million towards the cost of converting the venue, taking their total spend to £60 million with the final bill for adapting the venue potentially reaching £190 million in all.

However, the deal was secured only after Premier League West Ham agreed to increase their own funding of the project by £5 million to £15 million, the broadcaster said, without quoting sources.

olympicThe Hammers will move from their current Upton Park ground in east London from August 2016 and pay around £2 million a year in rent.

Under conversion plans, the roof will be extended and the seating capacity reduced from 80,000 to 60,000, with a retractable system allowing the venue to be converted from an athletics arena to football stadium within days.

Having a stadium capable of staging a major athletics event after the Olympics was a key component of London’s bid for the Games.

It is already scheduled to stage the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

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Yakmut: NSC To Invest In School Sports http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/03/14/yakmut-nsc-to-invest-in-school-sports/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/03/14/yakmut-nsc-to-invest-in-school-sports/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:20:41 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=157225 Following the poor performance of Team Nigeria to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the National Sports Commission, NSC, has resolved to rekindle the development of sports at the grassroots level to discover budding talents that will represent Nigeria at future international competitions.

A Director in the NSC, Alhassan Yakmut, who represented the Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi, at the grand finale of the Premier Lotto Lagos Athletic Championship, said that it has been difficult for the country to find suitable replacement for her ageing athletes because governments at various levels have abandoned sports at the grassroots especially school sports.

According to him, five states of the federation, Ekiti, Delta, Kwara, Ondo, and Lagos States have revamped their school sports competitions with the target of discovering young talents, adding that with what he saw at the Dr. D.K. Olukoya U-18 Youth Athletics Championship and the Premier Lotto Lagos State Athletic Championship, Nigerian athletes would bounce back to international reckoning very soon.

He said the Minister of Sports, Abdullahi, has put in place a policy that would create an opportunity for athletes discovered to be invited to national camp three times a year in four centres across the country under the tutelage of renowned coaches.

Yakmut said the commission had initiated an Athlete Detection Programme which would afford the discovered athletes to undergo scientific athletic programme with international standards. He added that the minister has directed all the secretaries of the sports federations to embark on school sports programme.

Yakmut, who oversees the department of Grassroots Sports Development in the NSC, explained that the National Youth Games being proposed for September, 2013 is another avenue to fish out young talents for the country.

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Jonathan rewards Nigeria’s Paralympians, Falconets http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/09/15/jonathan-rewards-nigerias-paralympians-falconets/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/09/15/jonathan-rewards-nigerias-paralympians-falconets/#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2012 22:37:22 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=138302 Ayorinde oluokun/Abuja

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan late Saturday announced cash rewards for the country’s Paralympians and female Under-20 footballers for their performances at the just-concluded games. He also announced the conferment of the national honor of Member of the Order of The Niger, MON, on the six gold medal winning Paralympians.

“You represented our country to the best of your ability, we thank you,” Jonathan told the Paralympians and footballers at a reception hosted for the two contingents.

•GOLDEN FAMILY… Yakubu Adesokan (2nd left) holds his Gold Medal as wife and children celebrate with him shortly after he returned from the Commonwealth Games held in India. Photo: Tunde Oyedele.

The physically-challenged athletes won a total of 13 medals, including six gold at the London Paralympics, placing Nigeria 22nd on the medals table and third best in Africa after Tunisia and South Africa.

The female football team, the Falconets, battled to become world fourth best at the U-20 World Cup in Japan.

Jonathan announced the different cash gifts for the athletes at a reception held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa on Saturday night.

Team Nigeria contingent to the London Paralympics was made up of 29 athletes who participated in just four sports.

The Team swept many medals in the powerlifting event with at least four Nigerian athletes, Yakubu Adesokan, Esther Oyema, Joy Onaolapo and Folashade Oluwafemiayo not only winning gold medals but also setting new world records.

The President announced what he called a token cash gift of N1 million for each member of the Under 20 female football team popularly known as Falconets while noting that though they did not win the championship, they gave Nigeria good representation from the qualification stages and during the tournament.

The Coaches and other officials of the football team were awarded N1.2 million each by the President.

For the Paralympians, President Jonathan announced a cash gift of N500,000 each for non medalist in the team, while Bronze medal winners will receive N2 million each.

Silver and Gold medal winners were given cash award of N3 million and N5 million respectively while the coaches and officials of the Paralympian team will also receive N2.5 million each.

In addition the gold medal winners will also be conferred with national honour of MON at the National Award ceremony scheduled for Monday.

The President who lamented the poor performance of Nigeria’s team to the 2012 London Olympics who failed to win any medal said the situation must not be repeated.

The President therefore asked the private sector and each states of the federation to join in the battle to develop potential medal winners at the next Olympic for Nigeria. The President said he will soon convene a national retreat that will address critical issues in Nigeria Sports.

The retreat, he said will be attended by all the state governors, the private sector, sports administrators, current and past athletes and other relevant stakeholders. “At the end of the day, we will come up with policies and that will win us medals at the Brazil Olympics”, said Jonathan.

While speaking at the reception, Bolaji Abdullahi, the Minister of Sports attributed the success of Nigeria’s Paralympians to discipline and high sense of commitment.

Lack of these two qualities, he said was responsible for the failure of Nigeria Olympians to the 2012 London Games to win any medal. Bolaji noted that with the performance of the Paralympians, Nigeria is now number one country in powerlifting in the world. While promising that government will make good its promise of early preparation for the 2016 Brazil Olympics, Bolaji said Nigeria need to build a system that can produce medalists rather than scouting around athletes that can win medal.

Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State who spoke behalf of Nigeria Governors’ Forum said the nation is grateful to the Paralympians for their performance. He however emphasized that Nigeria can only do well at the Olympics if the athletes embark on early preparation for the games.

The Rivers State Governor also used the occasion to harp on the need for Nigeria to display more seriousness in the eradication of polio.
The reception for the Paralympians was attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo, state governors, Senate President David Mark, members of the National Assembly, Ministers and Sport administrators.

Members of the Under 20 female national team presented a jersey to the President in appreciation of his support to the team.

The award ceremony was also attended by the vice-president, ministers, state governors and other top government officials.

with additional reporting by AFP

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Curtain falls on London Paralympics http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/09/09/curtain-falls-on-london-paralympics/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/09/09/curtain-falls-on-london-paralympics/#comments Sun, 09 Sep 2012 22:07:19 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=137514 London on Sunday bid farewell to the Paralympics, with a spectacular celebration of the human spirit, amid claims the Games had led to a “seismic” shift in attitudes towards disability.

Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z headlined a three-hour festival of song and dance in front of 80,000 spectators at the Olympic Stadium, with flame-throwers, fantastical vehicles, roller-skating warriors and stunning aerial acrobatics.

Top British athletes Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock extinguished the flame, signalling the formal end to the Games and the start of the countdown to the next edition in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

London 2012 chief Sebastian Coe said the Paralympics and the Olympics before it had been an “historic odyssey of human achievement and endeavour” that had been an “inspiration” to everyone involved.

“The Paralympic Games has set new records every day, sporting records, records for crowds, for television audiences, for unbridled spirit,” he told the crowd.

“In this country we will never think of sport the same way and we will never think of disability the same way. The Paralympians have lifted the cloud of limitation.”

As fireworks exploded over the British capital, a message was projected on to the side of the British parliament on the banks of the River Thames: “Thank you London, thank you UK.”

Organisers hailed the Paralympics as the biggest and most high-profile in its 52-year history, with more media attention and a record number of athletes from more than 160 countries, including for the first time reclusive North Korea.

Coe said earlier that with 2.7 million tickets sold, packed venues and vocal crowds, the Games had created a global platform for elite disabled sport and also helped change perceptions of people with disabilities.

“I really genuinely do think that we have had a seismic effect on shifting public attitudes,” he told a news conference, adding that the focus had been on “what we can do rather than what we can’t do”.

The final golds of the Games — in the marathon, wheelchair rugby and seven-a-side football — ended the action, which notably saw the Games’ most high-profile athlete Oscar Pistorius stripped of his 100m and 200m crowns but then conclude the track and field programme with a stunning victory in the 400m.

New stars have been found to challenge the South African “Blade Runner”, who made history last month by becoming the first double-amputee to compete at the Olympics, and the focus of the Games has shifted away from disability.

“I think people are going to look back at this Paralympic Games and for the first time really, truly believe that Paralympic sport is not just inspirational, it’s hardcore sport,” said Pistorius.

“It’s full of triumph, sometimes it has disappointment, but that’s what we look for in sport. We want it to be competitive and that’s what it’s been about.”

London was awarded the Olympics and Paralympics in 2005 and has had to face doubts in particular over the cost of the project, security and whether the city’s creaking transport system could cope with a massive influx of visitors.

But the efficient running of both events and the public response has defied naysayers who predicted chaos and a lack of enthusiasm.

The president of the International Paralympic Committee, Philip Craven, said London had hosted “the best Paralympic Games ever” but the challenge was to maintain interest — as well as increase participation around the world.

Reported by AFP

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Nigeria already late for Rio Olympics, says Ekeji http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/09/09/nigeria-already-late-for-rio-olympics-says-ekeji/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/09/09/nigeria-already-late-for-rio-olympics-says-ekeji/#comments Sun, 09 Sep 2012 13:29:50 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=137486 Nigeria is already late in beginning its preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to be hosted by Brazil, an official of the National Sports Commission (NSC) has said. Patrick Ekeji, the NSC Director-General, said this at a reception hosted by Dr Dalhatu Tafida, the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, last night in London in honour of the Nigerian Paralympians at the London 2012 Paralympic Games which ends on Sunday.

“We have already started out late in the preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics,’’ the Europe Correspondent of NAN quotes Ekeji as saying.

Ekeji however appealed to the federal government to use the negatives of the current situation to achieve the positive and turn around the sports sector for good.

“We should use the disappointment of the able-bodied athletes at the Olympic Games and the success of the physically-challenged athletes at the Paralympics to transform the sports sector.

“Yes, the able-bodied Olympians must have disappointed the nation, but the physically-challenged Paralympians have made us proud.

“But right now we need the political will to develop and transform sports. Winning medals these days at international meets has become more challenging with the emerging technological innovations,’’ he said.

Ekeji who expressed concern over the obsolete training facilities the physically-challenged athletes were saddled with called for a total overhaul of the current facilities.

He commended the Nigerian Paralympians for doing the nation proud and for their “highest sense of dedication and patriotism.’’

Tafida in his remarks said the Paralympians’ performance was commendable and was worth emulating.

“The uniqueness of the London Games lies in the fact that the Paralympians broke four world records when compared to the poor performance of our able-bodied athletes at the just-concluded Olympics,’’ the envoy said.

He noted that the Paralympians had always showed commitment and dedication and had never disappointed the nation at any of their competitions outside and within the shores of the country.

“This feat is not only worth of celebrating but also serves as a lesson for us to look beyond their disabilities,’’ the envoy added.

Ms Gloria Anozie, a gold medallist in the women’s +82.50 kg category of powerlifting suggested that government must show commitment in the development of the special sports.

“We have never disappointed Nigeria in any of our outings. It is time government stopped paying lip service to the welfare of those with disabilities and treat us as equals with our able-bodied counterparts,’’ she said.

Four of the Paralympians who broke world records in powerlifting are Esther Onyema, Joy Oyelapo, Yakubu Adesokan and Shade Ayo.(NAN)

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Paralympics: Nigeria end up 22nd on medals table http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/09/09/paralympics-nigeria-end-up-22nd-on-medals-table/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/09/09/paralympics-nigeria-end-up-22nd-on-medals-table/#comments Sun, 09 Sep 2012 06:47:05 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=137466 .And Third in Africa, behind Tunisia and South Africa

As the 2012 Paralympic Games rounded off in London on Sunday, no fewer than 10 African countries made the medals table, winning a total of 112 medals over the 11 days of the Games from 29 August.

African nations’ performance at the Games represented a marginal improvement over their performance at the last Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, in 2008, where only eight nations made the medals table.

The 10 African countries notched up 112 medals, made up of 38 gold, 36 silver and 38 bronze medals.

Nigeria, which led Africa’s medals table from the beginning of the games, was beaten to the third place by Tunisia.

Tunisia, now Africa’s number one at the end of the Paralympic Games, won 19 medals – nine gold, five silver and five bronze, to beat South Africa, which had 25 medals – eight gold, 12 silver and seven bronze medals – to the second position.

Nigeria, which placed third with 13 medals over all, had six gold, five silver and two bronze.

Nigeria, however, ended up the Games’ overall number one winners of the Power lifting event, from where it won 12 of its 13 medals.

Algeria placed fourth with a total of 19 medals – (4-6-9), Egypt had 15 (4-4-7), Morocco (3-0-3), Kenya (2-2-2),

Others are: Namibia (1-1-0), Angola (1-0-1) and Ethiopia (0-1-0).

The Medals table after the penultimate day of competition at the 2012 Paralympic Games on Saturday:

Gold Silver Bronze Total

China 95 71 65 231

Russia 35 38 28 101

Great Britain 33 42 43 118

Ukraine 32 23 28 83

Australia 31 23 29 83

United States 30 29 37 96

Brazil 20 14 8 42

Germany 18 26 22 66

Poland 14 13 9 36

Netherlands 10 10 19 39

Iran 10 7 6 23

South Korea 9 9 9 27

Italy 9 8 11 28

Tunisia 9 5 4 18

Cuba 9 5 3 17

France 8 19 18 45

South Africa 8 12 9 29

Ireland 8 3 5 16

Spain 7 17 16 40

Canada 7 14 9 30

New Zealand 6 7 4 17

Nigeria 6 5 2 13

Mexico 6 4 11 21

Japan 5 5 6 16

Belarus 5 2 3 10

Algeria 4 6 9 19

Azerbaijan 4 5 3 12

Egypt 4 4 7 15

Sweden 4 4 4 12

Austria 4 3 6 13

Thailand 4 2 2 8

Finland 4 1 1 6

Switzerland 3 5 3 11

Hong Kong 3 3 6 12

Norway 3 2 3 8

Belgium 3 1 2 6

Morocco 3 0 3 6

Hungary 2 6 6 14

Serbia 2 3 0 5

Kenya 2 2 2 6

Slovakia 2 1 3 6

Czech Republic 1 6 4 11

Turkey 1 5 4 10

Greece 1 3 8 12

Israel 1 2 5 8

United Arab Emirates 1 1 1 3

Latvia 1 1 0 2

Namibia 1 1 0 2

Romania 1 1 0 2

Denmark 1 0 4 5

Angola 1 0 1 2

Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 0 0 1

Chile 1 0 0 1

Fiji 1 0 0 1

Iceland 1 0 0 1

Jamaica 1 0 0 1

Macedonia 1 0 0 1

Croatia 0 2 3 5

Bulgaria 0 2 1 3

Iraq 0 2 1 3

Argentina 0 1 4 5

Taiwan 0 1 2 3

Portugal 0 1 2 3

Malaysia 0 1 1 2

Singapore 0 1 1 2

Colombia 0 1 0 1

Cyprus 0 1 0 1

Ethiopia 0 1 0 1

India 0 1 0 1

Saudi Arabia 0 1 0 1

Slovenia 0 1 0 1

Uzbekistan 0 1 0 1

Venezuela 0 0 2 2

Indonesia 0 0 1 1

Sri Lanka 0 0 1 1

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Obiji grabs Nigeria’s 5th gold medal http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/09/05/obiji-grabs-nigerias-5th-gold-medal/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/09/05/obiji-grabs-nigerias-5th-gold-medal/#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2012 04:33:14 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=136993 Loveline Obiji became the fourth Nigerian woman to claim gold at the Paralympic Games in Powerlifting after claiming victory in the 82.50kg competition Tuesday evening.

Nigeria now has 11 medals, including five gold, at London 2012 and all have come in the same sport at the ExCeL arena.

Obiji lifted 145kg with her opening attempt and that was enough to see Randa Mahmoud of Egypt into silver,
although the 21-year-old had to nervously watch on as the Egyptian tried and failed to lift 145kg with her final attempt.

Obiji said: “I feel like I could shout, I’m so happy. Next Tuesday is my birthday, so it’s now a double celebration – I’m going to be celebrating all month.

“This is my first outing at the Paralympic Games. I started training in 2006, I love powerlifting, I love my game and I love sport.”

China’s Yu Yanmei was in third for most of the competition, before Mexico’s Catalina Diaz Vilchis achieved 128kg with her last lift.

But the Chinese athlete responded to lift just 1kg more to claim bronze.

In the men’s -82.50kg event, Majid Farzin took gold for Iran with a best lift of 237kg, although he also had an anxious wait to see if victory was his.

China’s Gu Xiao Fei attempted a lift of 238kg in the last round after Farzin had completed his three attempts, but the 23-year-old was unsuccessful and had to be content with silver with a best of 228kg.

The bronze went to world champion Metwaly Mathana of Egypt with a best of 227kg.

Farzin said: “I was worried about waiting for the result. If Gu had made his lift, he would have won so I was worried.”

The Egyptians were celebrating their third Powerlifting gold medal of the Games in the final event of the day as Hany Abdelhady won the men’s -90kg title.

The 32-year-old set a new Paralympic record of 241kg to see off his nearest opponent by 8kg, with China’s Cai Huichao taking silver (233kg) and Pavlos Mamalos of Greece (232kg) the bronze.

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Paralympics: Nigeria goes 7th on medals table http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/09/02/paralympics-nigeria-goes-7th-on-medals-table/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/09/02/paralympics-nigeria-goes-7th-on-medals-table/#comments Sun, 02 Sep 2012 06:01:21 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=136712 Medals table after the third day of competition at the 2012 Paralympic Games on Saturday:

Gold Silver Bronze Total

China 20 15 21 56

Australia 11 5 13 29

Great Britain 9 16 11 36

Ukraine 9 6 7 22

Russia 8 9 5 22

United States 6 6 10 22

Nigeria 4 3 0 7

Brazil 4 2 3 9

Cuba 4 2 2 8

Ireland 4 0 0 4

Germany 3 6 7 16

Canada 3 4 1 8

Iran 3 0 1 4

Spain 2 7 6 15

France 2 3 3 8

South Africa 2 2 4 8

New Zealand 2 2 3 7

South Korea 2 1 1 4

Italy 2 1 1 4

Azerbaijan 2 0 1 3

Poland 1 4 1 6

Turkey 1 3 1 5

Netherlands 1 2 5 8

Tunisia 1 2 0 3

Belarus 1 1 1 3

Japan 1 1 0 2

Norway 1 1 0 2

Egypt 1 0 2 3

Denmark 1 0 1 2

Hungary 1 0 1 2

Latvia 1 0 0 1

Macedonia 1 0 0 1

Morocco 1 0 0 1

Romania 1 0 0 1

Serbia 1 0 0 1

Czech Republic 0 3 1 4

Mexico 0 2 1 3

Sweden 0 2 0 2

Algeria 0 1 5 6

Argentina 0 1 2 3

Croatia 0 1 1 2

Belgium 0 1 0 1

Ukbekistan 0 1 0 1

Taiwan 0 1 0 1

Israel 0 0 3 3

Venezuela 0 0 2 2

Austria 0 0 1 1

Bulgaria 0 0 1 1

Hong Kong 0 0 1 1

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Paralympics: Nigeria 10th on medals table http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/09/01/paralympics-nigeria-10th-on-medals-table/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/09/01/paralympics-nigeria-10th-on-medals-table/#comments Sat, 01 Sep 2012 07:33:24 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=136677 Nigeria moved to 10th place on the medals table at the end of proceedings on Friday in London at the 2012 Paralympic Games with two gold and two silver medals.

After winning a gold medal on the first day of competition on Thursday through Yakubu Adesokan who also set a new world and Paralympic record, Nigeria added three medals a day later.

Ivory Nwokorie won a gold medal in women’s 44 kg powerlifting, while Ikechukwu Obichukwu won the silver in men’s 52 kg powerlifting.

Anthony Ulonnam added to Nigeria’s powerlifting haul with another silver medal later in the day, winning in the men’s 56 kg.

This took to four Nigeria’s medals tally in the sport, one of the three the country is taking part in at the Games.

China still led the table with 34 medals, made up of 13 gold 10 silver and 11 bronze, with Australia in second place with seven gold four silver and eight bronze medals.

Hosts Great Britain are in fifth place with four gold 11 silver five bronze medals, while the U.S are sixth with four gold one silver and six bronze medals.

Egypt are the next African team closest to the top of the standings, in 18th place with one gold two bronze medals while South Africa are joint 19th with three others with one gold one bronze medals.

Forty Four countries had already won at least one medal as at the close of proceedings at the Games which had its opening ceremony on Wednesday.

The Games is scheduled to close on Sunday 9 September.

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Paralympics : Nwokorie Wins 2nd Gold For Nigeria http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/31/paralympics-nwokorie-wins-2nd-gold-for-nigeria-2/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/31/paralympics-nwokorie-wins-2nd-gold-for-nigeria-2/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2012 18:05:51 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=136651 Ivory Nwokorie has won Team Nigeria’s second gold medal in the women’s 44kg powerlifting event of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Nwokorie, who won a bronze medal in the Para-powerlifting championship held in Dubai recently,
lifted a combined weight of 109kg to finish ahead of Cigdem Dede of Turkey (silver) and Lidia Soloviova of Ukraine (bronze),
who lifted 105kg and 100kg respectively.

The Nigerian contingent now has two gold medals, as Yakubu Adesokan opened the stage with a gold medal in the men’s 48kg powerlifting event on Thursday,
while Russia’s Vladimir Balynetc and Taha Abdelmagid of Egypt won the silver and bronze medals respectively.

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Adesokan Fulfils Gold Promise To Nigeria http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/31/adesokan-fulfils-gold-promise-to-nigeria/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/31/adesokan-fulfils-gold-promise-to-nigeria/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:03:35 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=136588 Nigeria’s Yakubu Adesokan, who twice broke his own world record yesterday to win a gold medal in the Powerlifting event of London 2012 Paralympic Games, has fulfilled his promise to Nigeria.

The 33-year-old travelled to London 2012 as the favourite for glory in the men’s -48kg class, having claimed a world record earlier this year in Dubai with a lift of 177kg.

Adesokan did not only live up to his reputation by breaking Ruel Ishaku’s Paralympic record of 169kg from Beijing 2008 by three kilos in his first lift, the disabled athlete realised his Paralympic ambition in London.

Before he travelled to London, Adesokan said: “I won a gold medal in the 44.8kg Powerlifting event for Team Nigeria at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games held in India, and I’m going to work hard to do the same in London. That is one dream I will like to achieve in life.”

He has achieved that already. The Ibadan-born athlete broke his own world record with a lift of 178kg in just his second attempt in London yesterday. That record only lasted a matter of minutes, though, as Adesokan went on to lift 180kg – almost four times his own bodyweight – to take gold in style.

‘I feel overjoyed,’ he said. ‘I went through a lot of training. I have been training for two months in Korea.

‘Once I went through that training, there was no way I was going to fail.

‘I can definitely lift more. It is a lot but what I usually lift in training is more than this, like 192kg.’

Adesokan was joined on the podium by Russia’s Vladimir Balynetc, who won silver with a lift of 170kg, while Taha Abdelmagid of Egypt took bronze with 165kg.

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Nigeria grabs first gold at Paralympics http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/30/nigeria-grabs-first-gold-at-paralympics/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/30/nigeria-grabs-first-gold-at-paralympics/#comments Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:35:10 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=136484 Nigeria has won its first gold medal at the London Paralympics Games.

It was earned by Yakubu Adesokan in powerlifting in the men’s 48kg class.

Russia’s Vladimir Balynetc won silver and Egypt’s Taha Abdelmagid won the bronze.

British cyclist Sarah Storey stormed to her eighth Paralympic gold, taking the women’s C5 individual 3km pursuit after a lightning-quick qualifying time that would have won her a non-disabled title.

The 34-year-old rider’s winning performance, which opened the hosts’ gold account, came on a day of new world bests in the Velodrome and in swimming, as China took the first gold of the Games in the first day of competition.

Storey, who won five Paralympic swimming golds before switching to the bike in 2008 and winning two more in Beijing four years ago, lapped Poland’s Anna Harkowska with just under half of the 12-lap race to go.

The British cyclist earlier clocked a new world best of 3min 32.170sec, which would have won her silver at the World Championships earlier this year and the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the same venue in February.

That World Cup race, a test event for the Olympic Velodrome, was won by her British compatriot Joanna Rowsell in 3min 32.364sec. Rowsell took Olympic gold earlier this month in the team pursuit.

Storey, who was born without a functioning left hand, said afterwards: “I always thought that if I could get off to a great start it would set up the week and hopefully that’s the case.

“To get the gold medal is a dream come true.”

Fiona Southorn of New Zealand took bronze after beating Britain’s Crystal Lane.

In the women’s C1-2-3 pursuit medal ceremony China’s Zeng Sini broke the world best in qualifying and beat Australia’s Simone Kennedy to take gold. Allison Jones of the United States won bronze.

In the equivalent men’s race, China’s Li Zhang Yu was too strong for Britain’s Mark Lee Colbourne, while Germany’s Tobias Graf finished in third place.

Susan Powell, who also lowered the world record in the women’s C4 3km individual pursuit qualifiers, won Australia’s first gold of the Games, beating Megan Fisher of the United States.

Alexandra Green, also of Australia, took bronze.

Australia was also guaranteed the top two spots in the men’s blind and visually impaired 4km tandem pursuit, with Kieran Modra and Scott McPhee up against compatriots Bryce Lindores and Sean Finning.

Defending champion Modra, piloted by McPhee took the race, lowering his previous best to 4min 17.756 secs. Spain’s Miguel Angel Clemente Solano, riding with guide Diego Javier Munoz took bronze.

In the pool, where 15 finals were taking place on Thursday evening, Britain’s Jonathan Fox signalled his intent to upgrade his 100m backstroke S7 Paralympic silver, lowering his own previous world best by 0:59sec to 1min 9.86sec.

US swimmer Lantz Lamback, the defending champion from Beijing, failed to qualify after finishing 10th quickest overall.

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe meanwhile set a new world best of 2min 28.73sec in the women’s 200m individual medley.

The end of a morning of swimming heats coincided with the final of the women’s R2 10m air rifle at the Royal Artillery Barracks, which saw China’s Zhang Cuiping win the Games’ first gold, scoring 104.9 for an overall score of 500.9.

A total of 28 medals were up for grabs on Thursday: 15 in the pool, five at the Velodrome in track cycling; four in judo; two in powerlifting; and two in shooting.

Park Seakyun took gold in the men’s 10m air pistol.

The day’s programme also includes heats in archery, equestrian, goalball, table tennis, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.

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Queen opens Paralympics Games http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/29/queen-opens-paralympics-games/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/29/queen-opens-paralympics-games/#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2012 22:42:06 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=136342 Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday officially opened the London Paralympics, at a showpiece ceremony aimed at challenging perceptions about disability and celebrating the triumph of the human spirit.

The 86-year-old declared the Games open in a short speech in the traditional curtain-raiser to 11 days of sporting action at an event involving over 3,000 performers, many of them with disabilities, after a fly-past by a disabled pilot.

London 2012 chief Sebastian Coe said he hoped the Games “would be a landmark for people with a disability everywhere, a landmark in the progress of mankind towards the light, towards seeing immense capability and possibility”.

The president of the International Paralympic Committee, Philip Craven, added that the Games were “a celebration of the human spirit” that had “the energy to change each and every one of us”.

The show began with a rare public appearance by Britain’s most famous living scientist, Stephen Hawking.

Hawking, author of the best-selling “A Brief History of Time” who has motor neuron disease and has been paralysed most of his life, was described by organisers as “the most famous disabled person anywhere on the planet”.

He guided a central character on a journey of discovery in a story inspired by William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, taking in the “Big Bang” theory on the creation of the universe about which he has written extensively, to the 18th century “Enlightment” period and scientific discoveries of the modern era.

“We live in a universe governed by rational laws that we can discover and understand,” the 70-year-old theoretical physicist said through his voice-synthesised computer.

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”

The ceremony was billed by organisers as a “celebration of the inspirational spirit of the Paralympic Games that challenges perceptions of human possibility”.

Margaret Maughan, Britain’s first Paralympic gold medallist at the inaugural 1960 Games, was given the honour of lighting the cauldron, made of more than 200 “petals” and engraved with the names of participating countries.

Now 84, she will receive the flame from British soldier Joe Townsend, who was to descend on a zip wire from the 115-metre (377-feet) high ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower overlooking the stadium.

Townsend, a Royal Marine commando, lost both legs when he stepped on a homemade bomb in Afghanistan but is now an aspiring Paralympic triathlete hoping to compete in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 when the sport makes its debut.

Among the 80,000-strong crowd were the queen’s grandson Prince William and his wife Catherine, British Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson, with the event broadcast to millions around the world.

From Thursday, a record 4,200 athletes, including an unprecedented number of women, from 165 countries will compete for 503 medals in 20 sports in front of a near-sell-out crowd for the first time in the Games’ 52-year history.

A total of 166 countries had been due to take part but the International Paralympic Committee on Wednesday confirmed that Malawi’s team had not travelled to London to compete in what would have been the country’s first Paralympics.

Organisers believe much of the increased domestic interest in the event comes after a successful Olympics for British athletes, which saw the host nation finish third in the overall medal table behind the United States and China.

Britain is considered the “spiritual home” of the Games, as the first recognised sports events for athletes with disabilities was held in Stoke Mandeville, southern England, in 1948.

The flame — created from four others kindled on the highest peaks of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — was brought to the venue in a 148-kilometre (92-mile) overnight relay from Stoke Mandeville to London.

Shooting is set to provide the first gold of the Games on Thursday in the women’s 10m standing air rifle.

Medals are also up for grabs in the velodrome with the finals of the men and women’s individual pursuit, in four weight categories in judo at the ExCeL Arena and at the Aquatics Centre, where 15 swimming finals are to be held.

The showpiece athletics programme gets under way on Friday with the spotlight on South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, who is seeking to defend his T44 100m, 200m and 400m titles from Beijing four years ago.

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Chukwumerije: I am Sorry http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/29/chukwumerije-i-am-sorry/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/29/chukwumerije-i-am-sorry/#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:35:46 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=136228 Captain of Team Nigeria to the London 2012 Olympics, Chika Chukwumerije, has tendered an unreserved apology to Nigerians for his failure and that of the team at the recently concluded Games.

Chukwumerije told journalists in Lagos yesterday that his performance in London was short of expectations of Nigerians, who wanted him to surpass his bronze medal outing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He now wants Nigerians to forgive and forget the pains of his poor outing in London.

“I am sad that my result fell short of the high expectations Nigerians rightly had of me and perhaps, a number of my teammates. I make no excuses for the results.

“At this period more than ever, we must come together as one and share this collective pain as one Nigeria, one country, and one people. Just as we came together and shared the joy of two Atlanta Olympic gold medals. Now, we must also come together to share a feeling, which seems very unpalatable to digest,” he said.

Chukwumerije said he had a best preparation and exposed to the best facilities in Korea ahead of London Olympics, but he was unlucky to have lost to the Cuban opponent, Robelis Despaigne in the first round of the taekwondo event of the London Games.

By Sunday Akintoye

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Team Nigeria Arrive London For Paralympic Games http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/23/team-nigeria-arrive-london-for-paralympic-games/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/23/team-nigeria-arrive-london-for-paralympic-games/#comments Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:31:39 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=135724 Disabled athletes that will represent Nigeria at the 2012 Paralympic Games, which begins next week,  have arrived London with high hopes.

Information reaching P.M.News Sports revealed that the Nigerian contingent touched down in London early today with the hope of wiping the tears away from the faces of sports loving Nigerians after the disappointing outing of their compatriots at the recently concluded London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Olympics: Ajunwa Blames State Govs For Nigeria’s Woes http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/17/olympics-ajunwa-blames-state-govs-for-nigerias-woes/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/17/olympics-ajunwa-blames-state-govs-for-nigerias-woes/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:49:43 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=135307 Atlanta 1996 Olympics gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa, has blamed the state governors in the country for the poor performance of Team Nigeria at the just concluded London 2012  Olympic Games.

Speaking on Ray Power early today,  Ajunwa said that failure of the state governors to fund their  sports councils was one of the  factors responsible for the dismal performance of Team Nigeria in London.

“I will blame our state governors for the poor performance of Team Nigeria in the Olympics. In the past, we used to discover talents from the state competitions. These athletes would later represent the country in international competitions and came back home with laurels. Unfortunate, no platform to discover talents from the state again  but today.

“Lack of proper funding by the governors for the sports associations through various states’ sports councils to  organise regular competitions where young talents could be discovered for  the next All Africa Games, Commonwealth Games and the Olympics,” she said .

Ajunwa chided state governors for encouraging poaching of athletes for the National Sports Festival, which according to her, has rubbished the idea of the national fiesta.

—Sunday Akintoye

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Sports Fans React To Team Nigeria’s Olympic Woes http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/17/sports-fans-react-to-team-nigerias-olympic-woes/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/17/sports-fans-react-to-team-nigerias-olympic-woes/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:48:32 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=135305 Nigeria equalled her worst performance in the Olympics since the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow, with Team Nigeria’s abysmal outing at the just concluded London 2012 Olympic Games. Adebobola Alawode, Bamidele Olowosagba and  Abeeb Ogunbadejo, sought the reaction of sports fans to the team’s performance at the Summer Games


Ade Odusanya :  I blame the Minister of Sports and Youth Development for the poor performance despite all the billions of naira they spent in London. There is need for the Federal Government to probe our participation at the Games.

Prince Tunde Alade, Grassroots Coach: Nigeria’s failure to win a single medal in London did not come to me as a surprise, because we failed to plan for the Games since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. You don’t expect to win an Olympic medal with just two months of preparation. It doesn’t work that way. I hope those in charge will learn their lessons and begin preparation for the next Olympics in Brazil, by providing facilities at the grassroots for our sports talents.

Onasanya Alade Victor, Business Marketer: It’s disappointing for us not to win any medal at the 2012 Olympics despite the size of our population and the so-called ‘Giant of Africa’ status we gave to ourselves. We failed because the National Sports Commission, NSC and the Nigeria Olympic Commission, NOC, failed to do their work. For this reason, they should be held responsible for our woeful performance in London.

Biyi Amusa: It’s my belief before the Olympic Games began that we would at least surpassed what we did in 2008. But I was really disappointed with the performance of our athletes in London. Now is the right time for the National Sports Commission to be re-organised for us to have the right people running sports in this country.

Tayo Odukoya, Student: Team Nigeria’s participation in London really showed that we did not prepare enough for the Games. All the athletes performed below my expections and for me, the government is to blame for our awful outing. I just hope they would start preparation for the 2016 Games holding in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil now.

Chidozi Bede-Nwokoye, Marketing Manager: For me, it’s not a question of whether our athletes did not have what it takes to win medals at the Olympics, because many Nigerians who competed for other countries, such as Great Britain and USA won medals. The fact is that we failed to prepare well enough for the Games. However, this is not the time for us to to trade blames, but we need to look inwards and see where we failed and make corrections because the next Olympics is not far away.

Deolu Ojora, Sports Consultant: Team Nigeria failed because we, as Nigerians, have failed as a nation. When last do we as individuals, parents or guardians encourage our kids to take into sports-related activities? The United States of America, USA won the London 2012 Olympics because most of their athletes were encouraged at their tender age to go into sports. Same cannot be said of Nigeria. And, for us to have a turn around in fortunes at major championships, there is need for all of us to encourage our athletes. Also, the governments at all levels should start to invest in sporting facilites in the grassroots. That’s when we can start to win medals, it’s not a magic.

Eric Nwanjo: Team Nigeria’s performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games  has proved to us that we cannot continue to rely on fire brigadge approach in our preparation for major tournaments. It’s only in Nigeria people rely so much on miracles to win in competitions. Now is the time for us to begin to prepare for the next Olympics, not when it’s few months to the Games that the government would release funds for an impromptu preparation. That’s what affected Team Nigeria in London.

Charles Uhobohai: Team Nigeria failed to win any medal at the 2012 Olympics because most of our athletes had exhausted their energy before the Games. The likes of Bessing Okagbare, Tosin Oke, and Gloria Asunmu that we expected to win medals for us in London could not re-enact the blistering form they put up in IAAF Golden League because they were tired. For this reason, Team Nigeria that won six medals four years ago in China, failed to win any medal in all the sports we participated in London, it is a shame on Nigeria.

Tony Adebanjo: There is nothing to cry about Team Nigeria’s failure to win medals at the just concluded London 2012 Olympics. Our problem at major competitions has always being  for us to fail to plan, and eventually, we ended up planning to fail. With all the billions the Federal Government said they spent in preparing the athletes for London, there is no reason for us not to win medals, if we had started preparation some years back.Our hope is that we would have learnt our lessons now that small nations like Grenada, that their population is not up to a local council in Lagos has won a gold medal at the same London Olympics that we failed to win a medal.

Seun Odunleye: From my own personal view, I do not want to blame anybody for Team Nigeria’s poor performance at the 2012 Olympics, but I suspect something fundamental must have gone wrong in their camp in London.With all the propects we took to the Games and we didn’t win a single medal, I bet you something might have gone wrong in their camp in London.

Andy Imafidon, Production Service Manager: All those in charge of sports federations in this country should be blamed for Team Nigeria’s woeful outing in London. They all promised Nigerians different forms of medals before they departed for the Games, only for them to come back into the country with empty handed. They have all performed below expectations and they should be summoned.

Kennedy Idehor, Sports Consultant: I am really disappointed with a below par outing recorded by Team Nigeria at the just concluded London 2012 Olympics. It boils down to our sports administrators’ failiure to develop local athletes in other sports that could win us medals at major championships. We have good swimmers in this country such that if they are well trained for a number of years, we would be able to win medals through them in the nearest future. Now is the time for us to go back to the drawing board if we don’t want what happened in London to repeat itself in Rio De Janeiro 2016 Olympics.

Collin Udoh, KickOff Nigeria: We actually got what we deserved in London 2012 Games with Team Nigeria’s woeful outing. This is a country that fails to preparae her athletes well enough for a championship in the stature of the Olympics and expects to win medals. That is not possible. Personally, that we failed to win a single medal in London did not come as a surprise to me because the signs were over right there before our athletes departed the shores of this country for London. What is next is for us to begin preparation in earnest for the next Games.

Moses Praiz, SuperSport’s Journalist :

One lesson Team Nigeria’s woeful performance in London would teach us in this country is for us to stop relying on our athletes to go abroad and develop themselves for us to capitalise upon. We need to look inwards and start to develop sporting facilities all over the country. I could remember when we were young, there were so many stadia for us to train on, but these days, our young athletes could hardly get a stadium to train.

Thomas Mlambo, South African Journalist: Team Nigeria performed poorly just like many other African nations did because they failed to give their athletes first class training for them to be able to compete with the best athletes in the world. The moment Africans begin to prepare their athletes far ahead before championship, then they would begin to live up to their potentials. South African swimmers were able to win more medals in London because they trained in th US  for a long time with the best of facilities you could find on planet Earth.

Femi Odunkoya: Personally, I don’t expect our athletes to win anything at the 2012 Olympics because their performances at the 2012 All Africa Athletic Meet in Calabar some weeks before the games showed they were not in good shapes.Next time they should try harder and with a bit of luck on their side, who knows, they could win some medals for Nigeria.

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After poor Olympics, Nigeria’s sports for shake-up http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/15/after-poor-olympics-nigerias-sports-for-shake-up/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/08/15/after-poor-olympics-nigerias-sports-for-shake-up/#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:12:01 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=135047 Following the abysmal performance of the Nigerian contingent to the 2012 London Olympics, President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday ordered a comprehensive re-organisation of the sports sector.

Minister of Information, Labaran Maku disclosed this in Abuja after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by the president.

“President Goodluck Jonathan today ordered for total and comprehensive re-organisation of the sporting sector, following the disappointing performances of Nigerian contingent to the London 2012 Olympics. The president accordingly directed for a national retreat which will involve state governments as well as the private sector to re-order priorities in the Nigerian sporting sector.He said what took place in London must be the beginning of a new momentum to place Nigerian sports at a level that will enable this country to return to the glory it is known for in the area of sports”, Maku said.

The information minister also said: “President Jonathan believes for us to change the present scenario we need to specialise, we need to plan and we need to fund sports in a way that this country will continue to make impact in the sporting sector.He believes that the next Commonwealth Games as well as the 2016 Olympics in Brazil must enable Nigeria to set specific targets and realise them in order to promote our sports development. He also called for a new direction in sports management as well as funding and planning. He believes that what this nation needs at the moment is to take a somber look at what has happened and indeed change the scenario by working hard on all that we need to do to return the sporting sector to his glory.’’

Maku said the president, like other Nigerians, was not pleased with the performance of the contingent to the London Olympics and directed remedial actions be taken to prepare the country for better performances in subsequent competitions.

He explained that the re-organisation process would be comprehensive and would include the nation’s sporting policies

The president, according to the minister, also underscored the need for re-examination of national attitude to competitions.

He said there would also be need for the country to identify specific sports on which to concentrate resources and energy.

According to him, the identified specialised sports would be the nation’s priority that Nigeria would be identified with in global competitions.

He added that all stakeholders including the states, the Federal Government and the private sector would come together in the re-organisation process.

Maku assured that in the next couple of weeks Nigerians would see actions in that area to ensure the total overhaul of the sector.

Nigeria spent N2.2 billion to participate in the London Olympics, but brought nothing home to show for the huge expenditure.

The United States, China and the host, Great Britain emerged first, second and third, respectively on the final medals table.

At the 1992 Barcelona Games, Nigeria won 3 silver medals, one bronze.

At the 1996 Atlanta Games, Nigerian athletes won six medals – two gold; one silver and three bronze medals.

At the Sydney Games in 2000, Nigeria won one gold and two silver medals.

In Athens 2004, the nation won two bronze medals while the 2008 Beijing Games recorded one silver and two bronze medals.

For more on Nigeria’s Olympic performance over the years, please click this wikipedia link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria_at_the_Olympics

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