Rio 2016: Obisia berates Dalung, Federation President


Following the poor outing of Team Nigeria in the just-concluded 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil, the immediate past national boxing coach, Obisia Nwamkpa, has come hard on the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Hon. Solomon Dalung and the Federation President for the dwindling fortune of Nigerian sports.
According to the former Commonwealth and African champion, the entire blame should go to the Sports Ministry led by Dalung for its inability to supervise the various federations, saying due to  lack of visionary and focused leadership; the various federations are like children without parents.
“My take in the just-concluded 2016 Rio Olympics is that I am not surprised that we didn’t do well because I said it even before the Olympic started, that anybody who is expecting improved performance from the 2012 London Games is deceiving him or herself,” the retired national boxing legend said.
“We did not perform at the Games because the Sports Ministry and the federations did not do what they were supposed to do. The Sports Ministry in particular is not giving the leadership expected of it and as a result the various Federations are behaving the way they like.
“The problem of Nigerian sports generally is administration. There is no hiding the fact that there is no more sports administration in this country. I have been in this country for long and in sports to know what I am talking about.
“This is not the ministry we met during our time. During our time sports administration was sound and solid and not what we are seeing today. As far as I am concerned, sports administration died in this country with the exit of Dr. Amos Adamu. After him, all subsequent Director Generals of the defunct National Sports Commission (NSC) didn’t know what it takes to administer sports in the country that is why our situation is like this,” Obisia explained.


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