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I Did Not Say That Athletes Don’t Need Preparation-Dalung

Solomon Dalung
Posted: Sep 13, 2016 at 8:34 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has denied media reports credited to him that athletes don’t need training to win medals but a winning mentality, saying they were false and with intent to create mischief.
The minister, who is in Rio to support athletes taking part in the 2016 Paralympic Games said that he did not grant a one-on-one interview with  any medium and challenged the writers to quote him right.
“The last interview I granted was at the flag-off of the NCC Tennis league at the Abuja National Stadium. I was asked to compare the performance of Nigerian athletes at the just concluded Olympics and the ongoing Paralympics and I said that the performance of Nigerian athletes at the Paralympic Games has established the fact that apart from the right training there was also need for the determination to excel. I said that they all trained under the same conditions like the Olympic athletes. That, apart from not having adequate preparations, what then can we attribute to the performance of the Paralympic athletes who have done so well at the Games. That, if their argument was lack of good training, the Paralympic athletes went through the same. In fact they trained here in Nigeria and I ask what was the secret? This was what I said to the journalists who were at the stadium for the tennis event” .
The Minister urged sports writers to verify their reports and desist from writing defamatory stories that were capable of bringing people to public ridicule or disparage them in the eyes of right thinking people.
“We need to go back and do a proper X-Ray of the two circumstances to be able to make the best of  a bad bargain because the poor preparation was created due to paucity of funds, but the Paralympic athletes are making Nigerians proud here in Rio”