I wondered what Usain Bolt would say about Solomon Dalung’s views. Now the secret to Nigeria’s demotion in the world of sports has been revealed. If the man who has been put in charge of sports by the president has this mindset to winning, what hope is there for Nigerian athletes? It is virtually impossible for Nigeria to excel in sports in the international arena. It is just not possible. My question to Mr President is this; on what basis was Solomon Dalung chosen to become the Minister of Sports? If there was ever a perfect example of a “Square peg in a round hole”, this is it. What an anomaly! And President Buhari isn’t too concerned because, it’s only sports, which, I suppose, in his view, has no bearing on the economy! “I hear you, Mr President.” – Jide Salu
Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has asserted that athletes don’t need too much preparation or training to win medals in competitions.
Speaking on Brila FM yesterday, Dalung said the Paralympic athletes also had bad preparations like their able-bodied athletes but were doing better in Brazil.
According to Dalung, “the disabled athletes have shown that all you need is a winning mentality and not too much preparation; they trained under the same condition with their able-bodied counterparts but they are winning medals now.”
However, Commonwealth champion, Odunayo Adekuruoye also speaking on the same programme faulted the minister’s claim, saying that there was no way an athlete who trained for a month or two could do well or think of winning a medal.
She apologised to her fans for failing them at the Olympics.
“It is not possible to win a medal with one or two months training. We had looked forward to good training and hoped to do well at the Olympics.
“I want to apologise to Nigerians who had looked up to me for a medal,” she said.