By Izuchukwu Okosi
Nigeria’s Sydney 2000 Olympics gold medalist in the 4x400m event Enefiok Udobong has lambasted the shoddy preparations by Team Nigeria for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Udobong has been brutally honest in his assessment of Nigeria’s bleak medal hopes at the Olympics and on Monday wrote tersely on his Facebook wall on Nigeria’s for the quadrennial sporting festival.
“Three weeks to the Olympics, no preparations, no camps and no money,” Udobong wrote disappointingly.
“The sports minister is off to France to watch Euro football (Euro 2016) in a ‘national stadium’ while his own is in decay. He did not even participate in the Olympics Day Run celebrations,” Udobong further stressed.
Udobong has not been a fan of Solomon Ogba, the President of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, citing the growing tendency for the AFN to settle for ‘alien’ athletes as inimical to the development of home-grown talents.
Nigeria’s medal hopefuls in Udobong’s specialty at the Rio Games which hold August 3 to 20, 2016 are the quartet of Chidi Okezie, Noah Akwu, Orukpe Eraiyokan and Miles Ukaoma.
Obinna Metu, Odele Tega, Nicholas Imhoaperamhe and, Marquis Frasier, whom Udobong disagreed with his invitation to run for Nigeria at the 122nd Penn Relays in Philadelphia, USA, will likely be Nigeria’s representatives in the 4x100m at the Games.