Akinyemi is first Nigerian athlete to arrive Rio
TNigerian canoeist, Jonathan Akinyemi has arrived Rio de Janeiro in Brazil ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games which begins in the Brazilian City of Rio on August 5. Mr. Tony Ubani, the Press Attache to Team Nigeria told Daily Trust that Akinyemi,
he Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) President, Malam Tijani Umar, yesterday said the national male basketball team heading to the Rio Olympics are professional-minded players ready to do the country proud at the quadrennial sport fiesta.
Umar said in an interview in Abuja that what was important now was for every hand to be on deck as a team.
“This is what is necessary to make Nigeria’s outing at the 2016 Olympic Games a success,” he said.
The NBBF president spoke to NAN on the sidelines of a news conference ahead of the AdaMark Foundation for Girls’ July-August camp.
“Our basketball players are at the level where it will take a really horrendous thing to demotivate them because they are professional people. And they know what the Olympics means. So, they have set their minds to go in there and just do that. It is just left for us to raise our own act and meet them.
“For me, what is important is that, everyone concerned should work together. I can see very clearly that both the Ministry of Youths and Sports and the Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC), of which I am a Vice-President, are working together and the synergy is helping because that is the way it should be.
“And, every fund available should be placed on the table for the players. It does not matter who does it,” Umar said.
In another development, the Captain of Team Nigeria to the Rio Olympic Games, John who will represent Nigeriaý at the Olympics for the second successive time in the canoe/ slalom kayak event at the Rio 2016 Olympics, arrived Brazil on Tuesday, ahead of the rest members of Team Nigeria, and was received at the Games Village by officials of Team Nigeria. “He immediately got down to work and has not slowed down since he hit Rio”, an excited official of Nigeria Olympic Committee said. Mikel Obi has denied media reports making the rounds in Nigeria that he gave 30,000 dollars to his team-mates in the U-23 team presently camping
Born in England, Jonathan Akinyemi is the first Nigerian to compete in the canoeing event of the Olympic Games when he featured for Team Nigeria at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
He qualified as Nigeria’s only canoeist to Rio 2016 Olympics in the men’s K-1 class by obtaining a top finish at the 2015 African Canoe Slalom Championships in Sagana, Kenya which makes him a medal hopeful at the Rio Games. in Atlanta, USA.
Speaking from the team’s camp at the Hyatt Place, the Super Eagles captain was furious, saying the report is