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Pasha 125: Nigeria Can Regain Its Lost Athletics Glory. Here’s How

The Oasis Reporters

September 18, 2021


Usifo Omozokpea, The Conversation and Wale Fatade, The Conversation

Nigeria used to be a great force in global athletics but that has changed. The country’s fortunes have plummeted in track and field events. The downward trend continued in the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics, where Nigeria won only two medals: bronze in long jump and silver in wrestling.


Oladele Oladipo, a professor of sports and exercise physiology at the University of Ibadan, offers insight into what has gone wrong and what Nigeria should do to regain its former competitive position. He also suggests athletics competitions in schools should be revived across the country.



“Nigeria’s Ifeanyi Emmanuel Ojelli (rear) and Imaobong Nse Uko compete in the mixed 4x400m relay heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on 30 July 2021. Photo by
JEWEL SAMAD/AFP found on Getty Images Rights-managed


“Happy African Village” by John Bartmann, found on licensed under CC0 1.


“African Moon” by John Bartmann, found on licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License..The Conversation


Usifo Omozokpea, Audience Development Manager, The Conversation and Wale Fatade, Commissioning Editor: Nigeria, The Conversation


This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.


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