Did Tajikistan Steal Nigeria’s Olympic Medals?

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Tajikistan (where the hell is that?) and other random countries all won medals at the London 2012 Olympics. Nigeria, a whole “giant of Africa” did not!

170 million people and no Olympic medals in 2012? Heck even hawkers on 3rd Mainland Bridge would give you a “run” for your money.

Does anyone even care? The day might just be saved though!

Apparently, two Nigerian-born Olympic medalists (yes, once upon a time we managed to win medals) … Francis Obikwelu and Glory Alozie have been kidnapped cajoled from their Iberian burrows by an organization called Making of Champions (MoC), to join other Olympic medalists like Uchenna Emedolu and Deji Aliu to help change the course of Nigerian athletics.

Through the Top Sprinter Genesis reality show, a bit like X-Factor on the track, the medalists will help select some of the most talented young athletes in Nigeria to join training boot camps in preparation for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.

Now some of the recognizable Nigerian athletes like Blessing Okagbare and Regina George spend very little time training in Nigeria, as they are consigned to the training tracks of far-flung American universities which provide their only hope of training on decent facilities. But can Making of Champions bring the magic – and the athletes – back to Nigeria?

Personally, I’m curious to see if these young hopefuls will impress at the MoC auditions this weekend in Ibadan at the University of Ibadan (March 14 and 15), and next weekend in Enugu (March 20 and 21) at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, check out the event at http://www.makingofchamps.com/2015/03/06/top-sprinter-auditions-ibadan-enugu/

And may the best men – and women- win!

twitterWritten By Afi Etomi and Edited by Soluzo Ekenta and Okechukwu Ofili of ofilispeaks.com
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