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Onyali optimistic of Commonwealth Games success

09 July 2014, 13:40

Lagos - Olympic bronze medallist Mary Onyali believes Nigerian athletes will have a record-breaking Commonwealth Games campaign in Glasgow later this month.

"Like we left for Bostwana unheralded for the second edition of the Africa Youth Games and came back with many gold medals and placed overall third too, Team Nigeria will again storm Glasgow this month for the Commonwealth Games and by the special grace of God return home with gold medal haul and one or two Games record, I am sure of that with God on our side", she told Daily Sunsports in Abuja.

"The National Sports Commission has been working underneath without any undue publicity and our athletes have been in camp all this while but like I said the eventual positive results will show clearly how well we have prepared for the Commonwealth Games. I am sure Nigerians would be happy at the end of the day.

"First and foremost I give thanks to Almighty God and the creator of heaven and earth for granting me good health and life to see today. Also words, thought, emotions cannot be enough to express my gratitude to Honourable Gbenga Elegbeleye for choosing me as his Special Adviser. I also thank God for giving my boss the wisdom and the courage against all odds to have invited me to work with him.

"A lot of Director Generals, a lot of Ministers have come and gone since I retired from active sports but they never looked my way despite contributing so much to the development and promotion of athletics in this nation. I gave my all, my sweat and my blood, I have been hoping and wishing that one day my knowledge as an athlete and everything that I have achieved in sports will not go with me to the grave without passing it to the next generation of athletes behind me.

"So I am so happy to be here and to be able to do what I know best and do best to help my country achieve greatness in sports."

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