Team Nigeria’s Olympic Woes: We deserve what we got -George Aluo

In discussing the downward slide of the sports sector in Nigeria, which of late reached its limits in the recently concluded London 2012 Olympics where Team Nigeria had a poor showing as they came back home without a medal, roving sports journalist George Aluo joined the crew of our breakfast show to look at what went wrong.

George said he was not surprised that Team Nigeria didn’t win any medal but he felt strongly that even with a dismal performance, Team Nigeria would still manage to scramble for a few medals here and there but alas that was not to be.

He continued by saying ‘Realistically he thought Team Nigeria would win medals from three sports namely athletics, long jump event, weightlifting and taekwondo.

Hulk determined to leave Porto

Porto player and Brazilian Forward Hulk has made up his mind on his future in the round leather game, as he has decided to leave the Portuguese champions for a likely and profitable move to high-profile club in either England or Spain.

According Hulk,he has done everything to make him transferable and he wishes to play in the English or Spanish league as there lots of opportunities to be benfitted in those leagues as it is being watched the world over.

The 26 year old Brazilian whose contract includes a buyout clause of 100 million euros ($123.51 million) and will runs until 2016 said it is now time for him to move on,meanwhile Hulk has been linked to the new European champions Chelsea towards the end of the English Premier League,also bidding for the Brazilian are France’s Paris St Germain and Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

Brazil forward Hulk is ready to leave Portuguese champions Porto and would like to move to a high-profile club in England or Spain.

He has been instrumental in the club’s successes over the past four seasons, helping them win three league titles, three Portuguese Cups, two Super Cups and one Europa League trophy.

Hulk, who featured in the Brazil team beaten by Mexico in last week’s London Olympics final, has been voted the best player in Portugal for the last two seasons.

Brazil denied gold in men’s Olympic football

Mexico has won the Olympic men’s football title for the first time as they stunned favourites Brazil 2-1 at the Wembley stadium.

Oribe Peralta put Mexico ahead after 28 seconds and added their second in the 75th minute with a header before Brazilian forward Hulk replied for Brazil in stoppage time.

The result leaves five-time world cup winners Brazil still searching for the one major title to elude them after trying for 60 years.

It was their third defeat in an Olympic final after previous losses in 1984 and 1988.

Olympics: Gold for Australia in sailing

Australia overcame a nervy start to clinch gold in the men’s two-hander 470 sailing class with Britain taking silver.

Triple world champions Matthew Belcher and Malcolm Page edged a tight contest with their British challengers Luke patience and Stuart Bithell.

Argentina’s Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente deny Italy’s Gabrio Zandona and Pietro Zucchetti to pick bronze.

New Zealand’s women sailors fulfilled a pledge to go one better than their men by winning gold.

Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie sailed calmly round ahead of Great Britain’s Hannah mills and Saskia Clark.

Taekwondo: Medal hopeful, Chukwumerije knocked out by Cuban

Team Nigeria’s woes at the ongoing London Olympics continue with the ouster of its medal hopeful Chika Chukwumerije in the +80kg of the taekwondo event.

Beijing 2008 Olympics bronze medalist Chukwumerije lost narrowly by 1 point to Cuba’s Robelis Despaigne to send the Nigerian out of the event.

The fourth seeded Cuban 2011 Athlete of the Year was also a quarter finalist at the 2009 World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Team Nigeria Captain Chukwumerije, before the clash remained unfazed, hoping to go beyond his achievement in the same event in the Beijing Games four years ago, here in London 2012.

Nigeria’s second qualifier, Adam Isah Mohammed, who was drawn against a Jordanian fighter, Abulibdeh Mohammad in the 68kg category battle was also flushed out of contention on Thursday.

The African champion’s hope for a medal now hangs in the balance which means he could be sneaked in to get a chance for a bronze medal fight if the Cuban reaches the final.

Olympics 2012: Nigeria finishes fourth in 4x100m women relay

Even though they finished fourth in the final of the 4 x 100m women relay, Nigeria’s quartet of Oludamola Osayomi, Gloria Asumnu, Endurance Abinuwa and Blessing Okagbare posted a season best of 42.64 seconds.

Okagbare who ran the last lap for Nigeria was almost close to picking the bronze but could not outdo Ukraine’s Elizaveta Bryzgina.

US quartet of Tianna Madison,Allyson Felix,Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter created a new world record as they ran a time of 40.82 seconds to claim gold medal.

Jamaica clinched silver in a time of 41.41 seconds while Ukraine won bronze in time of 42.04 seconds.

Only yesterday,the minister of Sports Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi admitted that Team Nigeria have had a woeful performance at the London 2012 Olympics.
It is now left to be seen where the medals will come from,as Nigeria has only few competitions to compete in,the Women’s 4×400 meters finals

Organisers frown at appearance of rogue condoms in Olympic Village

Brand endorsement can be said to be one of the major issues the Olympic organisers have taken seriously as the recent appearance of a bucket of rogue condoms inside the Olympic Village forced the organisers to begin investigation.

The investigation is to seek how the condoms came about as they were not the ‘official’ condom of the Olympics.

Talking of ‘Official’ condom of the London 2012 Olympics, Durex paid to be the official supplier at the London Games.

The company sent 150,000 free condoms to the Olympic Village as part of the deal which will be shared amongst an average of 10,490 athletes. It is expected that there will be enough condoms for every athlete to have sex 15 times over the Olympics’ three weeks.

But if this supply has already been depleted with five days before the end of the games then it might confirm the news which made rounds that the Olympic Village is a hotbed of hook-ups among athletes.

Condoms has always been provided free of charge at the Olympic Village since the 1992 Barcelona Games. They are distributed in progressively copious amounts to athletes.

Some 100,000 condoms were provided for Beijing’s 2008 Games.

This whole condom gist in the London 2012 Olympics started with a tweet from Olympian Caroline Buchanan, an Australian who is a BMX rider, posted a picture of a bucketful of “Kangaroo condoms” with tagline: “for the gland down under”.

Nigeria, Tunisia eliminated from Olympic men’s basketball contest

Nigeria and Tunisia have been eliminated from the London 2012 Olympics men’s basketball tournament.

This is on account of Lithuania’s defeat of Tunisia by 76-63 points in their Group A game on Monday morning.

This has enabled Lithuania to pick the fourth seed in Group A.

Lithuania will now face Russia in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Russia clinched the No. 1 seed in Group B despite falling to Australia on Monday.

If the United States beat Argentina on Monday night, the team will face Australia in the quarterfinals.

Either China or Britain will be eliminated after their game on Monday.

Women’s 100m finals:Okagbare finishes 8th

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare missed out of the medal as she finished 8th in the final of the women 100m race.

Okagbare ran a disappointing time of 11.01 seconds which is a far cry from her previous race.

Jamaica’s Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce defended her title as she posted a record time of 10.75 seconds ahead of Carmelita Jeter of the USA and Veronica Cambell-Brown of Jamaica.

Britain still on course for Gold medal rush- BOA

The Olympic association of host country Britain in the on-going Olympic tournament in London said the GB team are still on course for medal rush especially the old medal category, a category that determines the position on medals table.

This media stunt was called for after a mixed up start by the host as the Host country could only manage to win two silver medals during the midday of day four of the tournament and the much-awaited gold medal is still not on their record till this moment.

The Olympic association of Britain is however optimistic in the clinching of the gold medals said BOA chef de mission Andy Hunt saying further that the team is confident in mentality so it does make sense if the team is not delivering.

The men’s team artistic gymnastics competition earned them a Bronze in what was tagged a fantastic result, and it was celebrated overnight and this morning while weightlifter Zoe Smith got a new British record and according to Andy Hunt, it is an historic outcome of a medal for the first time as it was a first in the event for a century.

Four years ago Team GB won 19 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics and with that they finished fourth on the medal table.

Hunt was however hopeful that there are still medal opportunities coming from Rowing, track cycling, time trial, sailing, triathlon, open-water swimming.

Team GB are being headed by Australia who has been tagged as arch-rival of the Britain as they have been able to get a gold medal and they hope that that won’t take long to change.

Olympics Basketball: Nigeria Beat Tunisia

The Nigerian basketball team, D’Tigers, won their first game at the 2012 London Olympics this morning, by beating Tunisia 60-56.

With this win,  D’Tigers have become the first basketball team in Nigeria’s sporting history to win a match at the Olympics.
The team needs just one more win to get through to the next round.

 

London Olympics: President Jonathan bids athletes farewell

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday, wished Nigeria’s team good luck and  mandated them to scoop medals at the Olympic Games in London.

Speaking during the handover ceremony of the team at the Sheraton Hotel in Lagos, President Jonathan said that the London Games provide the best chance for the athletes to raise their profile.

Recalling that Nigeria’s best outing at the Olympics was at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, President Jonathan, who was represented at the event by the Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission (NSC), Bolaji Abdulahi,  said that it was time for Nigeria to return to winning ways, beginning from London.

“For how long will our best continue to remain in our past is the big question on my mind and that is the challenge before you as you go for the Games in London. We should start asking what strategic policies are we putting in place to make people work and win”, said President Jonathan.

He said that the undying Nigerian spirit was going to propel athletes to greater heights in London.