Olympian, Mary Onyali has revealed that Nigeria’s disappointing outing at the recently concluded olympic games still hurt her .
The 1992 and 1996 Olympics bronze medalist said she could not believe that the track and field athletes would come back home without a medal.
“[sighing] the most painful experience I have ever had, I thought 2012 was painful, but 2016 was even worse, because I was believing that after the mistake of 2012 that we have four years to correct them but we never did”.
“That is the reason why when I was called to be ambassador of this program [ Skoolympics] I jumped at it because I needed to add my true sense, to give them proper road map as to how to avoid another 2020 disaster. 2020 is less than four years from now and we have just started”.
“And I know with Nigerians’ resilience, if you give them a year, they will make it look like twenty-years. I believe we can still discover another talents between now and 2020”.
Onyali who further explained that government needs to build facilities and invest in school sports also called on the private sector’s involvement in moving the nation forward.
“If we get private sponsors to take sports developmental aspect in Nigeria which is done all over the world. Government’s position in sports development all over the world including Nigeria is to build infrastructures.
Build the infrastructures for these athletes so that they can go and exercise and burn that excess energy and deviate from bad thoughts. If this is done between now and 2020 and done right, doing it is another thing, doing right is another thing, according to the plan that they have and so many other program out there, if only they mean well, the drought we had in 2012 and 2016 olympics, I pray it won’t hap pen again