Lagos - The Secretary-General of the Nigeria Olympic
Committee Tunde Popoola has reaffirmed the appointment of John Mikel Obi as
captain of Team Nigeria to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
There was report by ThisDay that the NOC Secretary said he
is not aware of the appointment of Mikel as Team Nigeria captain to Rio.
However, Popoola, who was at the office of the Minister of
Youth and Sports on Thursday with the President Engr Habu Gumel for a meeting
with Solomon Dalung, stated categorically that at no time did the Nigeria
Olympic Committee deny or reject Mikel Obi as Captain of Team Nigeria.
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"I did not tell the press that Mikel is not the Captain
of Team Nigeria. I told the media that their stories were capable of causing
distraction and disunity among athletes. Mikel is a Nigerian athlete and
likewise Segun Toriola who you all thought deserved to be the Captain.
“It doesn't matter who is the captain. They are both
Nigerian athletes and are in camp for a common purpose which is to make Nigeria
proud at the Olympic Games in Rio. I want to plead with Sports writers to
desist from writing stories capable of causing disaffection and disharmony in
the Nigerian camp.
“Let us project our athletes and the country positively to
the outside world" Popoola pleaded.
Meanwhile, Team Nigeria Captain Mikel Obi has promised to
work together with all athletes for their collective interest.
News24 reported that Mikel was named Captain of Team Nigeria
Monday night while table tennis star Funke Oshonaike is the assistant team
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