Sport is no longer a recreationalactivity but: Tool for national unity Peace Productive engagement of Youths Tourism Another show of organization Foreign investment, etc.One major thing that united Nigerians in the 90’swas Football, especially when we won theAtlanta96 Gold medal in Football. That medal wasworth more than all other medals put together.
Team Nigeria experience at theLondon2012 Olympic Games is theworst in recent times.N2Billion spent, 0 Medal to showfor it.
Think about a country that investedN2Billion into a Project and gotnothing…what would happen to thecompany,company the employees and the employees,Management?Management
How has it been with the Olympics? 1952 1952 1952 1952 1952Nigeria first competed in the 1952Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland.With 10 Athletes, Nigeria participated in Long jump,High jump, 4x100m, 4x400m, 100m, 200m and 400m No Medal!
In 1956, with 11 Athletes participated in Triplejump, Long jump, High jump, 4x100m, 4x400mand 100m >>>>>>>>>>>No Medal! NoIn 1964, with 18 Athletes (2 Females and 16 Males)participated in 2 sports; Boxing and Athletics.MAIYEGUN, Nojim won a Bronze medal in 67 -71kg (light-middleweight)71kg (light-middleweight) >>>>1 Medal! 1
In 1972, with 25 Athletes (5 Females & 20 Males)participated in Boxing & Athletics IKHOURIA,Isaac won a Bronze medal in 75 - 81kg (light- 81kg (light-heavyweight) >>>>>>>>>>>1 Medal!heavyweight) 1In 1980, with 44 Athletes (6 Females & 38Males) participated in Boxing Football Boxing, Football,Athletics,Athletics Wrestling, Wrestling Weightlifting>>>>>>>>>>>No Medal! NoIn 1984, with 32 Athletes (2 Females & 30 Males)participated in Boxing, Boxing Athletics, Athletics Wrestling, WrestlingWeightlifting.Weightlifting. EGBUNIKE Innocent, PETERS Rotimi, Rotimi,UGBUSIEN Moses and UTI Sunday won a Bronze medalin the 4x400m relay while KONYEGWACHIE, Peter won 400m relay,a Silver medal in 54 - 57kg (featherweight) 57kg (featherweight)>>>>>>>>>>>2 Medals! 2
In 1988, with 69 Athletes (8 Females & 61 Males)participated in Tennis Judo Boxing Wrestling Tennis, Judo, Boxing, Wrestling,Athletics, Football,Athletics Football Table Tennis and Weightlifting. Weightlifting.>>>>>>>>>>>No Medal! NoIn 1992, with 53 Athletes (21 Females & 32 Males)participated in Athletics, Boxing, Wrestling, Handball,Swimming, Table Tennis, Judo and Weightlifting. 4 Weightlifting.Medals! Silver in 4 x 100m 100m Bronze in 4 x 100m OLAPADE Adenikan, IDEHEN Faith, CHIDI Imoh, ONYALI Mary, KAYODE Oluyemi & OPARA-THOMPSON & EZINWA Davidson UTONDU Beatrice IGBINEGHU, IGBINEGHU Richard won Silver in the + 91kg (super heavyweight) and IZONRITEI David won IZONRITEI, Silver 81 - 91kg (heavyweight)
In 1996, with 65 Athletes (16 Females & 49 Males)participated in Athletics, Football, Boxing,Badminton, Wrestling, Table Tennis, Tennis, Judoand Weightlifting. >>>>>>>>>>>6 Medals! 6 ONYALI, Mary 200m Bronze Women OGUNKOYA, Falilat 400m Bronze AFOLABI, Bisi 4x400m relay Silver OGUNKOYA, Falilat 4x400m relay Silver OPARA, Charity 4x400m relay Silver YUSUF, Fatima 4x400m relay Silver AJUNWA, Chioma long jump Gold DOKIWARI, Duncan Men + 91kg (super heavyweight) Bronze Football Team Men football Gold
In 2000, with 83 Athletes (39 Females & 44 Males)participated in Athletics, Football, Boxing,Wrestling, Table Tennis, Judo and Weightlifting>>>>>>>>>>>3 Medals! 3 ALOZIE, Gloria Women 100m hurdles Silver AWAZIE, Nduka 4x400m relay BADA, Sunday 4x400m relay CHUKWU, Clement 4x400m relay GADZAMA, Fidelis Men 4x400m relay Silver MONYE, Jude 4x400m relay UDO OBONG, Enefiok 4x400m relay OGBEIFO, Ruth Women 75kg Weightlifting Silver
In 2004, with 70 Athletes (46 Females & 24 Males)participated in Athletics, Football, Boxing,Wrestling, Table Tennis, Judo, Basketball,Swimming, Taekwondo and Weightlifting>>>>>>>>>>>2 Medals! 2ALIU, Deji BronzeEGBELE, Aaron Bronze 4x100m relayEMEDOLU, Uchenna BronzeFASUBA, Olusoji Bronze MenAUDU, Musa BronzeGODDAY, James Bronze 4x400m relayUDO OBONG, Enefiok BronzeWEIGOPWA, Saul Bronze
In 2008, with 74 Athletes (37 Females & Males)participated in Athletics, Football, Boxing,Wrestling, Table Tennis, Judo, Basketball,Swimming, Taekwondo and Weightlifting>>>>>>>>>>>4 Medals! 4 IDOKO, Franca ISMAILA, Halimat 4x100m relay Bronze KEMASUODE, Gloria Women OSAYOMI, Oludamola OKAGBARE, Blessing long jump Bronze Football Team football Silver Men CHUKWUMERIJE, Chika + 80 kg Bronze
The London 2012 Olympic GamesIn 2012, with 51 Athletes (20 Females &31 Males) participated in Basketball,Table Tennis, Athletics, Weightlifting,Canoe Slalom, Boxing, Wrestling andTaekwondo>>>>>>>>>>>No Medals! No Games Athletes Athletics 23 Basketball 12 Boxing 3 Canoe Slalom 1 Table Tennis 4 Taekwondo 2 Weightlifting 2 Wrestling 4 Grand Total 51 General reports is 55 Athletes, but information on London2012 Website is 51
SummaryNigeria participated in 12 of the 30 Olympics GamesTotal 484 unique participants in all 30 Games. However, we’ve had605 entriesHighest entries of 83 Athletes in 2000 Olympics with 3 Silver medalsNigeria has won 23 Medals – 2 Gold, 9 Silver & 12 Bronze medalsWith 23 Medals, Nigeria is placed 63rd in the Olympic medal tableOf the 12 Olympic games, Nigeria did not win medals in 1952,1956, 1980, 1988 and 2012Atlanta 96 Olympics was the most successful Olympics with 6Medals – 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze medalsParticipated in the following Games: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Handball, Judo, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Weightlifting & Wrestling
Summary (Contd.)We have only won medals in: Boxing, Athletics, Football, Weightlifting & TaekwondoPerformed best in Football & Long Jump in Atlanta 96 with a goldmedal eachMost consistent performance in 4x100m & 4x400m relayMAIYEGUN, Nojim was the first medalist in an Olympic game (1964)KONYEGWACHIE, Peter was the first Silver medalist (1984)AJUNWA, Chioma was the first to win an individual goldSegun Toriola (Table Tennis) has featured in 6 Olympic Gamesstarting from 1992The trio of Udo Obong Enefiok, Falilat Ogunkoya and Mary Onyaliare the most decorated Nigerian OlympiansUdo Obong Enefiok & Falilat Ogunkoya – 1 Silver & Bronze medalseach, Mary Onyali – 2 Bronze medals
Summary (Contd.)The Men’s Team have done better than their female counterpartwith 14 of the total medalsThe youngest Nigeria Olympian is Barbara Diribe, at 15participated in the 1992 Olympic games (Handball)The Oldest Nigeria Olympians are the duo of VivianChukwuemeka (Athletics and Segun Toriola (Table Tennis , at 37years Athletics) Athletics Table Tennis)The 1992 Team was the youngest Nigerian Team to an Olympicgame with overall average of 22.2years – 4 MedalsWhile the 1956 Team was the oldest with an average of 26.8yearsThe 2012 Team average age is 25.4years – No MedalThere is a high +ve correlation between Team age and Medal wonAthletes, Boxing and Football are Nigeria’s area of Strength
Summaries Event + 80 kg G S B 1 Total 1 Olympic Edition Medal + 91kg (super heavyweight) 1 1 2 1964 1 100m hurdles 1 1 1972 1 200m 1 1 1984 2 400m 1 1 1992 4 4x100m relay 1 3 4 1996 6 4x400m relay 2 2 4 2000 3 54 - 57kg (featherweight) 1 1 2004 2 67 - 71kg (light-middleweight) 1 1 2008 4 75 - 81kg (light-heavyweight) 1 1 Grand Total 23 75kg 1 1 81 - 91kg (heavyweight) 1 1 Edition Gold Silver Bronze Total football 1 1 2 1964 1 1 long jump 1 1 2 1972 1 1 Grand Total 2 9 12 23 1984 1 1 2 1992 3 1 4 1996 2 1 3 6 2000 3 3 Sport Gold Silver Bronze Grand Total 2004 2 2 Athletics 1 4 8 13 2008 1 3 4 Boxing 3 3 6Total 2 9 12 23 Football 1 1 2 Taekwondo 1 1 Gender Gold Silver Bronze Total Weightlifting 1 1Men 1 6 7 14 Grand Total 2 9 12 23Women 1 3 5 9Grand Total 2 9 12 23
1 Federal Ministry of Youths & Sports 14 Sports Federations/Associations 36 States Commissions of Sports 774 Local Government Areas Over 15,000 Schools (Pry/Sec) Over 600 Tertiary Institutions Over 80Million Youths 162Million People Countless Medals
National Sports Festival (NSF)Nigeria University Games (NUGA)Nigerian Polytechnic Games (NIPOGA)National Colleges of Education Games(NACEGA)Secondary School GamesPrincipals’ CupInter-house SportsInter-local Government GamesInter-Street GamesMTN/Glo MarathonMobil Track & Field, etc
Nigeria is too loaded to be searching for Gold medal like lost riches. If Political Parties can strategize for 2015 Elections in 2011, why are we not planning for Sports the same way? Imagine Swimming Pools made readily available in each LGAImagine equipped Sports Centres in every Schools
We are not short of Resources, but short of Good intention to do what is right! N2Billion spent and no medal to show for it If we decide to do nothing Now, 2016 Olympics is just around the corner 6 months Preparation cannot guarantee a Medal
Medals are won long before competitions begin We can surely do betterIf we Prepare early! I See Medals!Nigerians Can, Lets Start Now!