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Nigeria to probe London Olympics failure

English.news.cn   2013-05-22 21:18:24            

ABUJA, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Efforts would be made to know what went wrong at the last London 2012 Olympics, a top Nigerian government official has said.

Gbenga Elegbeleye, the newly-appointed Director General (DG) of the National Sports Commission (NSC), gave the assurance in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday.

Elegbeleye officially took over the mantle of leadership at the commission's headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.

The director who said his appointment was to transform Nigerian sports, added that the investigation would help to prepare the country's athletes for future competitions.

According to him, the country's performance at the last Olympics was disappointing, but that the Olympics disappointment must be put behind for Nigerian sports to move forward.

He added that greater attention would be given to grassroots sports development as it was the basis for athletes' development in the country.

"The agenda should be to transform Nigerian sports and it will not be a one man show; it's a team work," the statement quoted him as saying.

"We must put the Olympics behind us to forge ahead for better result and I think it's a matter of everybody working and cooperating together," Elegbeleye added.

Nigeria competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London but failed to win a single medal for the first time in Olympic history since 1988.

Editor: Mengjie
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