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

Men’s volleyball faces crosstown rivals

first_imgFor the men’s volleyball team, winning has not been an easy task, as USC fell to 1-2 in conference play after a tough loss to UCSB in five sets on Wednesday. Friday’s game against UCLA will be seemingly more difficult, not only because it will be a rivalry game but also because the Bruins are currently ranked No. 2 with the highest hitting percentage in the league. “If how we came in against Long Beach was any sign, I expect us to come in completely engaged and ready to fight, and then it is going to be a good match for us,” head coach Jeff Nygaard said.Of the members on the team, senior outside hitter Lucas Yoder is at the forefront of that offensive attack. He has maintained above a .300 total attacking percentage and is leading his team in both points and kills. While he has continued playing at this level, there is always the question of whether he can keep it going for the rest of the season. “It is going to get tougher and tougher to do it,” Nygaard said. “Once teams scout and make a game plan against him, it just ramps up the pressure of blocks and assignments and decisions. I still think he can hold himself to a high level.”Yoder will be put to the test against the Bruins, who are also ranked fourth in average blocks per set. UCLA’s rankings and high statistics could be intimidating, but Nygaard’s philosophy has not wavered.“I said this at the beginning of the year that if you take care of your side of the net, the other side isn’t nearly as important,” Nygaard said. “We have to make sure that our side of the net is operating at a high level. We’ve shown that we are capable of it.”Even with the Crosstown Cup points on the line, Nygaard uses his experience as a player both on the collegiate and Olympic level to coach his players on losing the crowd and the rivalries and just focus on volleyball.“Every team deserves the same attention, every team deserves the same respect, every team deserves the exact same amount of effort and preparation and physical preparation,” Nygaard said. “There is no easy team for us to beat. The one constant in the whole thing is that there is a rectangle on the ground and there is a ball and there is a net. Nothing else matters.”last_img read more

Richardson’s final-hole birdie is just champion

first_img17 Sep 2017 Richardson’s final-hole birdie is just champion Image copyright Leaderboard Photography But the slow start was forgotten in a dramatic finish. BB&O’s Tim Shin had set the clubhouse target on three-under par, shortly before Richardson reached the last tee on the same mark.  Another birdie followed on the ninth where his wedge approach finished six inches from the hole and he got to three-under when he rolled in another 15ft putt on the 15th. Then it was time for his magical finish.  Tags: competitions, County Champion of Champion. Lincolnshire, Mens But the drama wasn’t over. Behind him, Nottinghamshire’s Martin Foulkes was also three-under playing the last and his birdie putt to force a play-off just shaved the hole – and Richardson took the title.  He has been county champion four times in the last five years, but this was his third attempt at this title and he won in perfect style, with a bogey-free round.  Richardson is the full time manager of an estate agent’s office and takes holiday to play his golf, maintaining a handicap of plus-four and taking fourth place in both the Lytham and Westwood Trophies this season.  Click here for full scores  Something special was called for, but the Spalding player’s drive finished on the edge of the left hand fairway bunker and his second shot clipped a tree and swerved left on to the first fairway. However, from there he got up and down from 149 yards, holing out from about 5ft.  Lincolnshire’s Simon Richardson pulled off an astonishing final-hole birdie to shoot four under par 69 and win the English Men’s County Champion of Champions tournament by a stroke.  The championship, on the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa, was reduced to 18 holes after fog delayed the start of play by three hours.  “To win it in my home county, representing my county, with county President Les Toyne as my caddy, is great,” said Richardson. “It means so much that I could get over the line.”  He had to be patient to get his score. “I hit it inside 15ft on the first five holes and I was level par,” he said. “My first birdie was on the seventh, where I finally holed from 15ft.”  Shin, from Castle Royle, and Foulkes, from Worksop, were disappointed but philosophical. “It is what it is,” said Shin, who has also had a successful season and is county champion for the first time. “I’m gutted not to have won but delighted with the way I played the course,” said Foulkes, a past winner of the English open mid-amateur championship.  “I just had the feeling that I probably needed to hole that putt,” said Richardson. last_img read more