Head Coach of Nigeria’s Athletic team to the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games, Innocent Egbunike, has assured Nigerians of a memorable Olympic outing.
Egbunike, who gave the assurance in an interview with newsmen in Ikeja, yesterday, said, “We are aiming to have the best outing for the country’’.
He said the 31 athletes selected for the games were the best, having met the‘ A standard’ qualification for the games.
According to him, some of them have participated in many international meets to reach the standard.
“All you have to worry about is what you can do. You do not worry about anybody else, in track and field, looking at what somebody else has done, what they did, what they will do, will not matter.
“Till you line up with them and compete against them; if they are better than you at that moment, it’s only for that moment.
“We are going there at the fullness of our fitness, and by God’s grace we will give our best and hopefully our best will yield success but we are not going there to look at anybody else.
“Olympic Games is one competition, anything can happen because God knows best. The future belongs to God not any of us.
“No athlete goes to any championship to take second place, everybody goes to win, so that is the mindset and we are going to give our best and that is what matters.”
Egbunike noted that a lot still needed to be done in some areas, which he said, would be looked into within the next three weeks at Team Nigeria’s camp Surrey before the Games.
He expressed his pleasure at the team, noting that the team’s performance at the just-concluded 18th Africa Athletics Championship was an indication that Nigeria was prepared to do the country proud.
“We have to be honest with ourselves, Blessing is one blessed individual, she has so much talent, she has done so much for Nigeria so far and she has much to do for Nigeria.
“And I believe that she is one of the best in the world. We have to keep in mind this championships in Benin; that these athletes finished the Olympics trials. I do not care how good you are.
“You cannot go from one championship to another; these are human beings.
The body at times needs recovery and you start building a backup.
“So, for each of them that did what they did at the African championships, for them to accomplish to what they did, to me was great, was a blessing.
“ Because they competed at a time their body was saying “I need a break; I need rest.”
Egbunike urged Nigerians to pray for the success of the team at the London Games which are scheduled to hold from July 27 to August 12.