Nigerian athletes just returned from the 4th edition of the World Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
They returned with 3 medals – One Gold and two Silver medals.
I join all Nigerians in commending the young athletes as they provide a glimpse into Nigeria’s future in sport. That is how it should be.
But then, there is a dark cloud hanging over this relative success.
Going to the Olympics is a big deal.
When I was very young I never thought that those that went to the Olympic games were human. As far as those of us distant from the reality of sports at a high level in the hinterland of Nigeria, they were ‘gods’.
So, even when I went to my first Olympics in 1976, I was in such a daze, a state of disbelief and excitement. It went in a blur – very quickly like a candle in the wind, compounded by the Olympic boycott of the games by most African countries.
But that was even for a football player for whom the Olympics were secondary to the FIFA World…