By Bamidele Boluwaji:
With less than eight months to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil, Sports Minister Solomon Dalong has said Nigeria will be represented in only eight sporting events that the country can be competitive in, completesportsnigeria.com can report.
Speaking in Lagos on Monday, Dalong said he was not happy with the level of preparation toward the Games but assured that efforts will be made as soon as he returns to Abuja to speed up preparations.
He also assured that more financial commitment will be made to the eight sporting events to endure that their participation at the Rio Olympics is better that the previous editions, mostly the 2012 edition in London which is seen as the worst outing by the country.
"I was surprised when I asked officials about our preparation for the Olympics and was told that it was 40% as at last week and I told them it was not good enough to give us a good outing in Brazil, we need to do more to prepare the athletes," Dalung said.
"Our plan is to present only eight sporting events at the Olympics and we are going to invest more in the sports to make sure they have good outings in Brazil.
"But if we willI go beyond the eight we have now, we will look into it and see the decision we can make."
Completesportsnigeria.com can report that men's football, basketball, canoeing, table tennis, some track and field athletes and wrestling have already qualified for the Olympics .