In truth, no sports minister or sporting federation across the world starts preparation for the world’s biggest sporting events like the Olympics two years or a year to games. And as such the Nigerian Minister is no different, preparations usually kick starts on an average 8-10 years before the competition.
I saw an interview somewhere, where the former Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung was on TV lambasting the incumbent Sports Minister Sunday Dare of being the sole person responsible to blame for the woefully image representation of Nigeria at the just concluded Tokyo Olympics and all I could do was to laugh at such high level of incompetence, impunity and such audacity for such a failure of public administrator pointing fingers at another failure with our considering his own contribution to failure and his own ineptitude. Just maybe the former Minister had forgotten that he was the Minister when Nigeria return from the Rio Olympics without any medals at all. Or just maybe what was the foundation he laid for the Tokyo Olympics, I mean what projects of value did he put in place for the Tokyo Olympics that produced athletes at the competition that he can point fingers at that were his project paying dividends. Such arrant rascality.
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This is not to absorb the incumbent Minister of Sports and Youth Development Sunday Dare of any misdoings, or poor management of the ghastly portrayal of the Nigerian sporting federation at Tokyo Olympics but hey! Under his stewardship, Nigeria won an Olympic medal its first in 13-years and first in 2 Olympics, even though they might have been Silver and Bronze. Kudos to Blessing Oborududu and See Brume for the monumental feats.
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Nigeria has always been blessed and shall continue to stay blessed with exceptional athletes across a different array of sports all these young persons need is just the right support, facilities, good preparation, an Olympic committee that knows the rule books and avoid that athletes are not banned for what they don’t even know about and have no control over. The Ministry of Sports under Sunday Dare has seemed a big speaker and seems to have a bit of direction but it is Nigeria to get things right Nigeria as a country has to get its own acts right.
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