…Blame Sports Minister For Poor Performance -Dalung, Adeleye Blast
…Finishing 74th At Tokyo Olympic Games Is An Achievement-Dare
The just concluded 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games may have exposed some of the loopholes the Sports Ministry could have worked on prior to the showpiece.
By and large, the overall outing of Team Nigeria has left many stakeholders in the industry lamenting another poor outing at the prestigious event owing to the perceived failure of those placed in charge of managing the affairs of sports in Nigeria.
Before the games commenced, there was little confidence that the country will finally win medals owing to the team’s shoddy preparation.
Fears were confirmed when Team Nigeria contingents first appeared in different attires despite the announcement of AFA Sports as the country’s official kits supplier.
However, the unrest within the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) does not show any sign of letting up.
The latest is the termination of the kitting contract in place with sportswear giant, PUMA. The terminated contract for a three-year duration was signed in Qatar in July 2019 and is worth about N1 billion [$2.7million].
Sunday Adeleye, a former Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) said he had never seen such a thing before since he became an adult and followed Nigeria’s participation at the Olympics.
“An athlete going to the Olympics should be well-motivated, and kits are part of it; not when people appear in bathroom slippers and apparel in different colours,” he said.
The embarrassing drama has also resulted in the termination by Puma of $2.76 million contract it had with the AFN.
“As a direct consequence of the recent developments, particularly at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 and pursuant to clauses 9.2 and 7.3 of the Agreement, we hereby terminate the Agreement with immediate effect.
“PUMA especially declares to be discharged from any or all obligations towards all stakeholders involved and reserves all rights against these entities and individuals,” PUMA stated this in a statement signed by its Director, Manuel Edlheimb.
More importantly, Team Nigerian known for their strength in Athletics, failed to pick a single medal in the event at the ongoing Games. Recall that Blessing Okagbare, one of Nigeria’s medal hopeful was disqualified by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after testing positive for human growth hormone. That aside the 10 Nigerian athletes who were suspended for the same reasons.
Without doubt the Nigeria athletes would have done better at the Games if the Sports Ministry had an experience Physicians and Psychologists, who understand the job was attached with the team. That doesn’t mean that that would have motivated them mentally and physically.
Blessing Oborodudu made history as the first Nigerian wrestler to win an Olympic medal courtesy of the silver medal she won in the women’s 68kg freestyle. While Long jumper, Ese Brume won Nigeria’s first medal at the Games with a bronze.
Her medal is the first won in track and field since 2008 at the Beijing Olympics where Blessing Okagbare and the women’s 4x100m relay team won a silver medal each.
However, former Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung has said that the Sports Ministry has brought shame to the country at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
Besides, poor management and lack of accountability in the country’s Olympic committee have compelled many shining stars of Nigeria to switch sides and compete for other nations.
The following athletes left Nigeria to join other countries: They include Gloria Alozie (Spain), Oluwakemi Adekoya (Bahrain), Francis Obikwelu (Portugal), Femi and Tosin Ogunode (Qatar), Margaret Adeoye (Britain), Morolake Akinosun (Britain), Omo Osaghae (USA), Anthony Alozie (Australia) to mention a few.
Dalung said Sunday Dare who replaced him as the sports minister in 2019, lacks the “patriotic political will to consolidate on the gains on the ground” hence the reason for Team Nigeria’s numerous disappointments in Tokyo.
“I think the dissolution of boards. It is a lack of patriotic political will to consolidate on the gains on the ground.
“When I was the minister, I continued from where my predecessor ended. When we get to the field, we built on previous successes and Nigeria did very well.
“Dissolving federations three months to Olympics is an indication that we are not prepared for Olympics. No general dissolves his troops on the eve of an attack and expect to win a war. The dissolved boards have trained and catered for the he athletes for more than two years. Crises are part of human existence; the management is what determines the quality of leadership. I inherited many crises, but I resolved them.
“Leadership is about taking responsibilities. When things go wrong, somebody has to be responsible. The entire drama of shame is avoidable. This is a shame that the country has found itself.”
It is so sad that Nigeria finished Tokyo Olympic Games with just two medals despite the country’s population and huge talents that was never tapped by the current Sports Ministry under the leadership of Sunday Dare.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s sports minister, Sunday Dare, says citizens of the country should be proud of the country for ranking 74th in the medals table for the just-concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The minister, who described Nigeria’s athletes as ‘inspiring’, claimed that finishing 74th on the medals table is the country’s best performance in Olympics in 13 years.
“Overall, we should be proud of Team Nigeria and the effort they made. The bottom line is that these games should always be about the athletes and the spirit of friendly competition and excellence the Olympics are meant to engender.
“Team Nigeria placed 74th position on the final Olympic medal table among 205 participating countries, despite our small contingent to the games. We were 8th among 52 African countries that participated. Team Nigeria excelled in many areas that engender hope for greater success in the future.
It is also yet to be seen if decisive actions will be taken on those responsible for Nigeria’s dismal outing in Tokyo.
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Leaking Someone’s Nudes Is A Criminal Offence, BBNaija Star, Angel Blasts Critics Behind Tiwa Savage’s Sex Video
Former Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye finalist, Angel, has slammed critics who blamed singer Tiwa Savage over her alleged sex tape which recently surfaced online.
The reality TV star took to her Twitter page to call out critics, adding that the act of releasing the video was a criminal offense.
Last month, Tiwa Savage had revealed during an interview with American OAP, Angie Martinez of Power 105.1, that she was being blackmailed by an unknown person who threatened to release a sex tape that featured her and her current lover.
The Koroba singer revealed that the blackmailer demanded money from her so as not to release the sex tape but she has decided not to pay the money.
A few hours ago, a sex tape leaked online. While the face of the man involved in it did not show, the lady in the video bears a close resemblance with Tiwa Savage.
As the video has gone viral, social media users on several platforms have taken to their accounts to air their opinion on the situation, and some wasted no time in blaming the singer.
Responding to the critics, Angel said, “The problem will never be the fact that someone made a sex tape or that someone took a picture naked, the problem will always lie with the person that decided to leak it. Stop victim blaming.And leaking someone’s nudes is a criminal offense. I hope one of you becomes a scapegoat.”
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PDP Charges Nigerians On National Rebirth
The Peoples Democratic Party has urged those behind mindless killings and terrorism in Nigeria to have a rethink and retrace their steps.
The party also charged those in authority to redouble their efforts in finding solutions to the challenges facing the country.
This was contained in a statement in which the party felicitated Nigerians as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Maulud which marks the birthday of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
The statement titled, ‘Eid-el Maulud: PDP Felicitates with Nigerians, Urges National Rebirth,’ was signed by the PDP National Publicity, Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan.
It read, “The Peoples Democratic Party urges Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Eid-el Maulud for solemn introspection and make commitment towards a rebirth in all areas of national life.
“The party notes that Eid-el Maulud, the celebration of the birth of Holy Prophet Mohammed, presents a providential occasion for our nation to put behind, all issues that cause disunity, disaffection, strife and despondency and move to a new beginning by embracing the virtues of love for one another, tolerance, mutual understanding and forgiveness, in line with the teaching of the Holy Prophet.
“The PDP insists that such is the only way to move the nation forward under the present circumstance.
“Our party urges Nigerians to resist all forces that seek to disunite them for selfish reasons and continue to work together, especially in their determination to chart a new course for our dear nation on the platform of the PDP.
“The PDP also calls on Nigerians to use the occasion to make fervent supplication to God for divine intervention as well as show love by reaching out to one another, especially the less privileged and victims of escalated acts of terrorism in our country.
“The party also urges those behind the mindless killings and acts of terrorism in our country to have a rethink and retrace their steps, while charging those in authority to redouble their efforts in finding solutions to the challenges facing our nation at this critical time.
“The PDP felicitates with Nigerians and wishes them a happy Eid-el Maulud celebration.”
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Man City Place £67m Price Tag On Sterling Amid Barca Interest
Premier League champions Manchester City have reportedly placed an £67million price tag on Raheem Sterling amid interest from Barcelona.
The LaLiga giants are desperate to improve their forward line either in the January window or next summer and have placed Sterling on their shortlist of potential targets.
As reported by Sportsmail last week, Sterling wants to remain at Man City but will consider his future at the Premier League champions if he continues to struggle for consistent games.
No player has ever appeared in more matches managed by Pep Guardiola at Man City, yet the 26-year-old has started only two league games since the opening weekend of the season after the £100m summer signing of Jack Grealish.
“I’m not a person that’s going to complain, I’ve not tried to make it a bigger deal than it actually is,” Sterling said earlier this month.
“I get on with my work, do what I need to do. And I’m just raring to go: playing football matches regularly, scoring goals regularly.
“At the end of the day, if football for me is not at a certain standard I’m not really at my happiest. If I want my happiness at a certain level I need to be playing football. I need to be scoring goals and enjoying myself.”
Sterling has 18 months remaining on his current contract at Man City but has opted against opening discussions over an extension until his short-term future is resolved.
Now, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, City have told any club interested in signing Sterling that they will have to pay £67m to get a deal done.
Barcelona’s need for a new winger is exacerbated by Ousmane Dembele’s contract situation – his deal is set to expire at the end of the season. The club could look to move him on in January for a cut price to avoid losing their £135million signing on a free transfer.
Recent reports in Spain have linked Barcelona with an initial loan move for Sterling because their financial woes mean they could not afford to pay a huge fee for the former Liverpool star at present.
The club are in financial ruin due to their debt, which stands at more than £1billion, which contributed to LaLiga slashing their wage bill to a maximum of £90m – equivalent to that of Watford – last month.
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