Friday, 17 August 2012

It’s disappointing we ended without any medal – IBB

The dismal outing of the
country in the just concluded
London 2012 Olympics has
continued to attract
comments from well
meaning Nigerians.
Former military president
Gen. Ibrahim Babangida has
also joined in the fray and
called not only for the
immediate overhaul of the
sports administration in the
country but also insisted that
preparation for the 2016
Games in Brazil should begin
immediately.
Answering questions from
sports writers in his Hill Top
mansion, Minna yesterday,
Gen. Babangida said, it was
disappointing that the
country ended without any
medal at the just concluded
Olympics in London.
“I think the sports
administration needs to be
strongly looked into and
overhauled. We should also
stop this our last minute
preparation towards various
championships as it cannot
work,” the former military
president advised.
Gen. Babangida described
the outing as unfortunate
especially with the resources,
sports personnel and talents
that abound in the country
adding, however, that
Nigeria can still reclaim its
lost glory in sports if
necessary steps were taken.
“ We have the people; we
have the talents, the facilities
are there and what we need
to do is to upgrade them to
world standard. It is on
record that we have done
well and ruled the world in
sports before and we can
still do it with adequate
preparations” IBB remarked.
He said with the recent
dismal outing, the country,
especially, the sports
administrators and other
stakeholders must have
learnt bitter lessons pointing
out that the only path to
success in anything,
especially sports is good
preparation saying, “The
best time to start that
preparation is now.”

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