Minister of sports and chairman National Sports Commission(NSC), Yusuf Suleiman has said that Team Nigeria’s target for next year London Olympics will be to better the cumulative performance of the country in all previous edition of Olympics. Nigeria’s total medal haul over the years in the Olympics had been 23: two gold, nine silver and 12 bronze medals.
Speaking at a meeting with presidents and secretaries of sport federations, Suleiman insisted that the 23 medals haul achieved by Team Nigeria over the years did not reflect the strength and quality of the sportsmen and women the country has.
“I believe with adequate planning, we could surpass what we have cumulatively done during these periods.
It is possible for us to win more than two gold medals in London Olympic Games.
I called this meeting so that the presidents and secretaries will begin to strategise and harness our participation in order for the nation to benefit and come out tops at the London Games,’ he said.
He charged Nigerian athletes aspiring to make Team Nigeria contingent for the London Olympic Games to brace up to the challenge, stressing that the nation would no longer take non performing athlete for any competition.
He said the number of athletes that will fly the country’s flag at the quadrennial multi-sport events would be pruned down to the ones that can guarantee medals for the country.
“There is no need taking any athlete that will not win a medal for a competition.
All those that did not win medals at the 10th All Africa Games in Maputo will not make Team Nigeria’s contingent to London Games,” He stated.