Lagos - John Bashorun, an athletics coach with the Lagos
State, on Wednesday attributed excellent performance in international
competitions to early preparation.
Bashorun, who spoke against the backdrop of late
preparations for the 2016 Olympics told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in
Lagos that late preparations could affect the nation’s performance at the
He said that the country was able to make waves in some
sports in the past due to early preparations.
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“Our own preparation in Olympics is not the way we ought to
prepare, the body is the one we use and if the body is not ready there is no
amount of money you put down for preparation at the late hour that can help us.
“Why we have master coaches is because we want our athletes
to perform well, then we start early preparation, when we start early
preparation, our athletes will perform well.
“When we look at other countries that we are competing with,
they started early preparation but we stop and at the end when it is one year
to Olympics that we now start hasting and it doesn’t work like that.
“The body that you have relax and you want to wake it up and
you want it to meet the standard, that is why we fail in the Olympics; 80’s,
90’s we performed well during that time because we prepared well. The
preparation have to start from the zero level.’’
The Olympic Games is scheduled to hold in August in Rio de
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