• Rio Olympics: The true story of Delta Airline’s gesture to Olympic Eagles

    Rio Olympics: The true story of Delta Airline’s gesture to Olympic Eagles

    Against all odds, Nigeria’s Olympic soccer team performed well in the Rio Olympics. The uphill tasks they had to overcome en route the ‘golden bronze’ is a lesson in courage and grit determination.

    In this interview with  Ayodeji Victor Bolorunduro, a Qatar-based Nigerian journalist,  Bunmi Jinadu,  founder of United Soccer Africa, the organizers of the team’s training camp in Atlanta, bared his mind on all that transpired during the team’s sojourn in the USA. Jinadu sponsored Nigeria’s team in their training […]

  • Rio Olympics: Nigeria women’s relay team finishes last

    Rio Olympics: Nigeria women’s relay team finishes last

    Team Nigeria relay team, led by Blessing Okagbare, on Saturday finished last in the women’s 4x100m relay at the ongoing Rio Olympics.

    The Nigerian quartet made up of Okagbare, Gloria Asumu, Jennifer Madu and Agnes Osazuwa, finished last in 43.21seconds.

    The event saw the U.S. team led by Allyson Felix, claim Gold in time of 41.01 seconds.

    Jamaica and Great Britain ladies won silver and bronze after crossing the finish line in 41.36 seconds and 41.77 seconds respectively.

    Germany, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine and […]

  • Nigeria prepared poorly for Rio Olympics – Minister

    Nigeria prepared poorly for Rio Olympics – Minister

    The Nigerian government has admitted its failure to properly prepare the country’s representatives to the 2016 Olympics cost the country the chance of winning medals.

    Nigeria has yet to win a medal with the Rio Olympics almost coming to a close.

    The Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, said the performance so far reflected the level of preparations Nigerian athletes received.

    “It takes a minimum plan of four years to prepare for an Olympics. We have seen that the likes of Divine Oduduru, Blessing Okagbare, […]

  • Rio Olympics: Nigeria’s medal hopes dim as Brume, Oduduru falter

    Rio Olympics: Nigeria’s medal hopes dim as Brume, Oduduru falter

    Nigeria’s quest for an Olympic medal continued on a woeful note in the early hours of Thursday after two of the country’s medal hopes, Ese Brume and Ejowvokoghene Oduduru, failed to soar at their separate events.

    Brume, a track and field athlete who specialises in the long jump and holds the African junior record in the event, fell a distant fifth behind 30-year-old Tianna Bartoletta of the United State in the finals of the women’s long jump.

    She could only muster a […]

  • I won’t represent Nigeria again – Usman

    I won’t represent Nigeria again – Usman

    Even before she left the shores of Nigeria for Brazil, Mariam Usman, knew that winning a medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics would be a tough call. She would not pretend to be a magician nor claim perfection where there is none. Usman believes one can only reap where one sows.

    The Commonwealth medallist in the +75kg in weightlifting says she has lost the urge to represent Nigeria at international events.

    Mariam was the only weightlifter that represented Nigeria here in Rio. […]

  • Nigeria awarded Beijing 2008 4×100 women relay silver

    Nigeria awarded Beijing 2008 4×100 women relay silver

    Nigeria has been awarded the silver medal of the 4x100m women relay race of the 2008 Olympic Games held in Beijing.

    Nigeria had won the bronze medal of the event.

    However, following the ban imposed on Russia for substance abuse by its athletes, Nigeria’s standing on the race’s medals table was moved up.

    Russia came first in the race, while Belgium was second.

    The International Olympic Committee announced the decision on Wednesday in Brazil, venue of the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

    Nigeria was represented […]

  • Rio Olympics: We’re refunding athletes – Dalung

    Rio Olympics: We’re refunding athletes – Dalung

    Sports minister Solomon Dalung has said the ministry is refunding all athletes’ extra personal costs incurred on the road to the Rio Olympics.

    Dalung, who spoke after the Nigeria/Brazil basketball match in Rio, was reacting to complaints made by some athletes concerning their personal funds yet to be refunded.

    The minister assured the athletes that none of them would leave Brazil without getting back all legitimate expenses incurred on behalf of Nigeria.

    He said, “The moment I heard of the complaints I quickly […]

  • Nigeria will not leave Rio without medals – Minister

    Nigeria will not leave Rio without medals – Minister

    Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung , has again reassured Nigerians that the efforts of the athletes competing at the ongoing Rio Olympic Games will not be in vain as, “we will not leave Rio without winning medals’.

    Tony Ubani, Press Officer, Team Nigeria, quoted the minister as saying shortly after Union Bank Nigeria PLC redeemed its N30million pledge to support the team.

    Although, Nigeria’s name was yet to be on the medal table, Dalung said that he was optimistic that Team Nigeria would […]

  • Rio Olympics: We did not disappoint the nation – NTTF boss

    Rio Olympics: We did not disappoint the nation – NTTF boss

    The President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi, has expressed satisfaction over the performance of its team to Rio Olympics in Brazil.

    The team surprised many in the table tennis event especially the amusing brilliance of Aruna Quadri, who made it to the quarterfinal of the men’s singles event after beating two of the world’s top players to become the first African to play in the last eight of the Olympic Games.

    While expressing his belief in the team […]

  • Nigerian lottery bodies pledge financial rewards for Olympic medallists

    Nigerian lottery bodies pledge financial rewards for Olympic medallists

    As Team Nigeria continues its search for the first medal at the Summer Olympics in Rio, a delegation of National Lottery Trust Fund and National Lottery Regulatory Commission, led by Engr. Habu Gumel and Mr. Adophus Ikpe, respectively have promised monetary incentives to further propel our athletes to go for medals.

    The delegation, which has been supporting Team Nigeria, has equally announced $2,000 for any athlete who wins gold, $1,500 for a silver medallist and $1,000 for a bronze medal.

    This financial […]

  • Nigerian athletes plan strike over unpaid allowances

    Nigerian athletes plan strike over unpaid allowances

    Nigeria may get into the news for the wrong reasons at the on-going Rio 2016 Olympic Games unless leaders of the country’s contingent to the competition live up to their responsibilities to the athletes.

    Nothing much has been heard of the country, which is among the few yet to win any medal at the Games. The only inspiring stories coming out of Team Nigeria are the performances of the country’s football team and the lone boxer, Efe Ajagba. But that will […]