Team Nigeria Athletes Cry Foul over Poor Condition at the Games

first_imgSome of the athletes who spoke here monday said most of them who were asked to pay their ways from their respective locations in Europe to Nigeria before travelling in group to Brazil are yet to get their refunds.Take the case of the table tennis players, Aruna Quadri who got to the quarter final of the singles event before being edged out by world number one player, Ma Long of China, is yet to get his ticket refund. Same as Olufunke Oshonaike and Segun Toriola.They are expected to leave camp tomorrow.Team Nigeria camp also revealed yesterday that athletes are going through hell to train here as there are no vehicles to take them to the various training venues.“Our officials refused to pay the official rates for the Brazilian drivers attached to the four vehicles allocated to Team Nigeria. So the drivers are not driving us,” cried one of the athletes at the Games Village.It was also learnt that instead of these Nigerian officials to pay $9,000 for six rooms for the basketball team before the games began because they claimed not to have money, they ended paying $20,000 for only two rooms when they arrived here.“Is that not stupidity of the highest order? They knew that majority of the basketball players are bigger than the normal beds provided in the athletes villages and should have made provision to accommodate them but chose not to do so,” our source further revealed.Most federation presidents here are also believed to have rejected the peanuts offered to them as allowance by the ministry officials.They were offered allowance for just few days as against the 21 days most of them are going to spend here.With barely six days to end of competition with no sign of Team Nigeria getting on the medals table, these same officials who have been carrying on as if they cared less are beginning to express fears for what may happen when they get back to Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro Ikhazuagbe in RioDespite not winning any medal so far at the ongoing 31st Olympic Games here in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, officials of Team Nigeria who are not bothered by the poor outing so far, are smiling, going on shopping spree with a lot of dollars in their pockets.Majority of these Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports officials are collecting between $300 to $400 dollars per day while the athletes are on $150.last_img read more

Animal impressions and fashion shows: How SU’s “weirdness” leads to team chemistry

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 25, 2018 at 11:43 pm Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez During an early season road trip, junior forward Severin Soerlie pressed his belly against the floor, put his hands at his sides and slithered between two airport gates. He was performing midfielder Hugo Delhommelle’s favorite task to dish out: Act like a snake for 20 seconds in public.The transfer broke character and shooed bystanders. A couple dozen feet away, his teammates beamed. It was all in good fun, anyway — Soerlie’s impersonation of a snake was a consequence after losing a card game. Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre wasn’t surprised. He’s used to the “weirdness” his team exhibits off, and sometimes on, the pitch.“Some (impersonations) are quite funny. Some are …,” McIntyre paused, a smile cracking at the corners of his mouth, “… tough.”For years, SU players have completed tasks after losing competitions. After roster turnover, the embarrassing acts help familiarize the squad with each other, former and current Orange said. The tasks — acting like an animal or wearing a uniform at a public team dinner, among other things — are like a rite of passage.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSome Syracuse teams use dodgeball or Fortnite to bond. But card games, former defender Louis Cross said, are an SU men’s soccer “tradition,” specifically during road trips. This week, the Orange (3-3-1, 0-2-0 Atlantic Coast) preps for its second-longest road swing of the season. The team heads to Blacksburg, Virginia, for No. 21 Virginia Tech on Sept. 28 and Akron, Ohio, for the Zips three days later.“We started with a random punishment, and everyone liked it,” Delhommelle said. “… We play video games, but we also play cards. We’re like the old generation.”Before cards, “punishments” were dished out after rounds of Settlers of Catan, a board game in which players colonize a fictional island. Sergio Camargo, who transferred to Syracuse in 2016 for his senior season, bought Catan on Amazon. The team’s international athletes introduced poker and Go Fish shortly after. Swedish-born midfielder Jonathan Hagman said foreign players forced themselves to speak English during Catan and card games.Losing any game corresponded with a task. Once, a goaltender on the 2015 team wore his full kit, from cleats to gloves, during a team breakfast. Some underclassmen recited poems in front of the team. Others walked around like a Tyrannosaurus rex or flapped their arms like birds.“It’s very funny because it’s not that embarrassing,” Hagman said. “It’s a good group. We’d never force anyone to do anything they wouldn’t want to do.”When Camargo graduated, Catan stopped. But cards stuck in a new form.Delhommelle transferred from Lander University last season and brought a new card game with him. It has no name, midfielder Jan Breitenmoser said, but Syracuse calls it “21.” Delhommelle wasn’t sure how he learned the game, either. All that’s certain is the game’s central principle: There aren’t winners. Just one loser.Each player starts with seven cards in the first round. The game’s objective is to top another player’s card with a higher number or face card. After six rounds, the owner of the highest card remaining loses the round by as many points on their card. Once your score totals 21, you lose.Some, such as Hagman, pride themselves on how little they’ve lost. This season, SU brought out the “classic” punishments, along with a few new embarrassing acts. Assistant coach Matt Verni joined the game, lost and had to wear a shower cap during a pregame walkthrough. McIntyre and associate head coach Jukka Masalin have open invitations to join in but haven’t accepted.Before a flight earlier this year, Breitenmoser walked a fake runway in the airport. His teammates surrounded him and acted like photographers. Delhommelle recalled Breitenmoser’s strut as “impressive.”“When we’re away, we just don’t have much to do,” Delhommelle said. “It was very simple. We were looking for an easy game that everyone could play.” Commentslast_img read more