Lagos - Nigeria continues to see red in the on-going
International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) Beijing championship.
Nigeria is yet to win a single medal, let alone bronze to
prove their stamina as the continent's economic power-house.
Economic power-houses across the world invest heavily in
almost all areas as evidenced by European power-houses, Britain and Germany,
who are on fourth and seventh medals' table.
Apart from athletics, the two nations have been strong in
other global sporting disciplines such as football while their economic status
ensured they balance the support of the sport development.
"Nigeria has been a disgrace at the on-going IAAF
here in Bejing, China."
"As Africa's biggest brother, we let down our nation and
the entire continent," said Emeka Okonkwo, who made his trip to beijing to
watch the country's athletes flop.
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The other African economic power-house, South Africa has
won a gold and two bronze medals, a development the southern African showed why
they were strong economically.
South Africa balance economic development, sport and
social status as opposed to Nigeria, who are only good in one field, football.
"With its abundance oil reserves, Nigeria could
still invest in economic and sporting development of the country than the
humiliation witnessed here," said Ukwa Ekeke.
While smaller African nations such as Eritrea could be
found in the global top 20 medals' chart, Nigeria are completely out of the top
50 and not ranked at all.
To date, only six African countries have raised the
continent's flag high with Kenya leading the world with a harvest of 16 medals,
Ethiopia with eight medals, South Africa three, Eritrea, Tunisia, Egypt and
Morocco with one apiece respectively.
- CAJ News