Information emerging from the Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi, has revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan is targeting five gold medals from the next Olympics which will be holding in Rio, Brazil, in 2016.
A lot of Nigerians have condemned the country’s performance at the just concluded London 2012 Olympics in which the country could not win a single medal. This speaks volumes about the state of the country’s sport ministry. The lackadaisical attitude to preparation for the Olympics by Nigeria has gotten us to where we are today as far as the Olympics is concerned.
It is against this background that the honorable sports minister has informed in an interview aired on Channels Television on Wednesday that President Goodluck Jonathan wants an early preparation for the next Games and expects no fewer than five gold medals. According to him, “Mr. President believes if we start to work now we can win five gold medals in Rio in 2016. If we start to work towards that target, we may or may not meet it, but we must begin now to work towards it and believe it is possible.”
Talk about foresight and preparation. The president really means business this time around. Come 2016, President Goodluck Jonathan will be celebrating at least five gold medals by the country. Although one wonders if the just concluded Olympics just came upon us suddenly without time to even think of preparation. Well, nothing is impossible; so, come 2016 Nigeria might just be going home with even more than five gold medals. As some Nigerians are already joking, we don’t need adequate preparation; all we need is “Patience” and “Goodluck”!