Rio 2016: Reasons Why Team Nigeria Failed


Reactions have continued to trail the performance of Team Nigeria at the just concluded 2016 Olympic Games, held in Rio, Brazil.

Nigeria, which returned from the preceding Games, London 2012 could only manage a single bronze medal courtesy of “Dream Team VI,” in the male football event.

Apparently, this can be described as a disappointing outing for the country in the quadrennial world sports fiesta.

In his reaction, ace sports analyst and blogger, China Acheru said “considering the level of preparation by the Nigerian athletes, it was a good outing in Rio.”

According to him, to compete in Olympic Games and win a medal is not what one should do in one or two years, adding that preparation for an Olympic medal is a project of six years or more.

“In my opinion, I think Team Nigeria performance in Rio was good, considering their level of preparation.

“Besides, no reasonable person expected Nigeria to win any kind of medal at the Games,” Acheru said.

Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Bayelsa State, Loveday Herbert on his part said Team Nigeria performed below expectation, adding that they did not even prepare for the games at all.

The SWAN boss, blamed the Federal Government over its inability to release fund to commence early preparation by Team Nigeria.

According to him, governments at almost all levels do not have a good policy that can improve sports development in the country. He noted  that inadequate preparation can only bring disappointment for the nation.

“Nigeria never prepared for Rio 2016 Olympic Games, everybody knows that if you must do well in any competition, you must prepare early in all ramifications,” Herbert said.

He suggested that the ministry should produce a blue-print containing sports development policieis and programmes.

In his reaction, another sports writer and analyst with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), datonye Fred Alambo said Team Nigeria performed badly.

He explained that Nigeria will continue to fail if they failed to plan, adding that he was not surprised at the abysmal failure of the country’s team at the Olympics.

“It is a shame that we cannot produce one gold medal in Rio 2016, this is real under performance.

“We will continue to fail if we fail to plan. Honestly, it is too bad that up till now, the sports ministry has no grassroots sports programmes, no master plan to develop sports.

In fact the major problem is that there are a lot of non-challant attitudes by our sports administrators,” Fred said.


Tonye Orabere