Nigerian athletes participating in the ongoing Olympic games in Tokyo are staging a series of protests against the bad treatment they receive from the country’s government and the committee set up to manage the team.
Their concerns range across funding, lack of technical support and attention to details which resulted in open humiliation of the athletes, inconveniencing their performance in the games.
After making it to the finals of the Olympics, Shot Put thrower, Chuk Enekwechi for instance was seen in a viral video washing his only jersey to be won for the next game simply because the management failed to provide enough jerseys.
Basketball player Chimezie Metu who could not hold back on the incompetence being exhibited earlier said “Our government and the Olympic committee of Nigeria, they make it extremely difficult for us to go out there and just focus on performing our sport.”
He added that, “It’s extremely difficult to go out there and try to focus on the basketball game when you’re dealing with so much stuff off the court.”
The head coach, Michael Brown also said during a conference that, “we feel bad for the athletes because they don’t have the same advantages as other countries.”
Despite the bad experiences, the over sixty (60) athletes representing the country are putting in their possible best to defend their nation. Blessing Oborodudu for example emerged as the only Nigerian wrestler to ever win a silver medal at the Games whilst 25-years old long jumper Ese Brume also won the country’s first ever medal. Many others are equally doing well in their respective games.