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Solomon Dalung: Team Nigeria’s Performance at #Rio2016 Was Better Than That of London 2012



Solomon Dalung

Solomon Dalung

Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Saturday in Ilorin said he was disappointed with those who said Nigeria performed abysmally at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games.

Dalung, while declaring open the second edition of the National Youth Games (NYG), said comments describing Team Nigeria’s performance at Rio 2016 Olympics as abysmal worried him.

He said he was in this state because Nigeria’s outing in Rio was better than that of the London 2012 Olympics where the country failed to win a single medal.

Dalung, in his argument, pointed out that Nigeria set a unique record at the Rio Olympics with Aruna Quadri being the first African to reach the quarter-finals in male table tennis.

Chierika Ukogu was also the first black athlete to reach the semi-finals of the rowing event,’’ he said.

Returning to the NYG, the Minister said the Games have assumed a global status.

Dalung said the country must move with the trend of events in line with international best practices to develop sports from the grassroots.

“Sports in Nigeria has grown and have contributed immensely to national unity. It has equally brought about a stronger binding spirit as well as the detribalisation of Nigeria,’’ he said.

The Minister recalled that after the Games’ maiden edition held in Abuja in 2013, there was the emergence of talented athletes.

“These athletes represented Nigeria at the 2014 African Youth Games held in Botswana and the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, and they won laurels.’’

Dalung said he was hopeful that the second edition would follow in the same notable path of history by producing podium athletes in different sports.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his magnanimity of granting approval for the hosting of the Games.

The minister urged athletes to see their role in the Games as a stepping stone to greater heights bearing in mind that there is joy in participation and winning.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. tunmi

    September 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Bruhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! You should have just focused on the paralympics team. Also, do an internal audit of your entire ministry. Who was in charge of funds and why we’re those boys stranded in Atlanta. I don’t like that we change ministers every election since they truly don’t get to know how things work and who is shady or not. But the first thing they should do, or at least one of the first things, is to do an audit: internal and external


    September 25, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Mechie onu onye ara
    Stop with the blame pushing and focus on your job.

  3. Nwa nna

    September 25, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Typical Nigerian mentality, we are always quick to justify our mediocrity when called out on it, rather than strive for better… No surprise here

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