BY JOE APU
Nigeria’s only individual Olympic gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa has described her medals expectations for Team Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as unpredictable.
Speaking ahead of the Games, Ajunwa who won the women’s long jump event at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, with a leap of 7.12 meters (on her first attempt) in the final told Daily Sunsport in a telephone interview that as a patriotic Nigerian it is her wish that the country makes an impressive impact at the Games and return with medals. She was however quick to point out that the level of Team Nigeria’s preparations before the Games leaves much to be desired.
“There is no way athletes who did not have proper training and exposure ahead of a major championship can compete effectively with athletes that have prepared and competed favourably over four years. “Without sounding unpatriotic, our preparations for this year’s Olympics have not been the best.
There were too many challenges for the athletes and it will only take a strong will for any of our athlete to make the difference.”
The Flying Policewoman who also played football for the female national team, the Falcons said it will take extra efforts from the athletes for medals to come the way of Nigeria.
“Rio 2016 Olympic Games is a meeting point for the best athletes in the world and only those who had adequate training can make the desired impact. My hope is for any of our athlete to get into the finals of their competition. At that point, it would be anybody’s chance to get a medal,” she stated.