2018: Reviewing the Achievements, Challenge, And Future Of Nigeria’s Sports


According to a report by Dorcas Jonah of News Agency Nigeria (NAN), many sports enthusiasts noted that the performance of the sports industry in 2018 was exciting and needed to be sustained. According to them, Nigeria has left its mark in the world sports competition in which the national team, the Super Eagles, remains one of the top ten teams in the world.

Available data shows that Nigeria made its first appearance at the Amputee World Cup, where Nigeria’s amputee football team competed at the 2018 Amputee World Cup in Mexico. This occurred after three unsuccessful attempts in the past due to financial restrictions.

Guinness Plc. Captain Goodluck Obieze brand ambassador, the Amputated Eagles. The Nigerian team also competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, finishing ninth in the medal standings with 24 medals. Similarly, the Nigerian team at the 3rd African Youth Games in Algiers, Algeria, was a memorable feat as the team returned home with 105 medals won in 19 sports.

The team won 29 gold medals, 33 silver medals, and 43 bronze medals. Weightlifting awarded him the highest amount of 18 medals, including 12 gold medals, five silver medals, and one bronze medal.

In addition, D’Tigress of Nigeria became the first African team to win more than one match in a single World Cup, at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Women’s World Cup in Spain. D’Tigress then qualified for the quarterfinals of the competition where “Tigress” finished eighth in the final standings. Coach Otis Hughley’s team recorded three straight wins by beating Turkey, Argentina, and Greece before losing to future champions. The United States in the quarterfinals, much to the delight of basketball fans and Africa.

According to NetBet fans, Evelyn Akhator of Nigeria was selected as one of the best rebounders in the tournament. Nigeria’s men’s national basketball team, D’Tigers, also became the first team to officially qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China with a complete 114/69 victory over the Central African Republic in the playoffs. qualifiers played Lagos

D’Tigers returned to the FIBA World Cup for the first time since 2006, after losing the editions of the 2010 and 2014 championships. But Nigeria’s participation in the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, It was a shameful start as they finished in 48th place in the medal standings with only four medals.

Despite this challenge, the 21st edition of the African Athletics Confederation Senior Championships “Asaba 2018” was held in Delta. The Nigerian team won third place after winning nine gold and five silver medals. and five bronze medals.

Also in 2018, the Nigerian bobsleigh and skeleton teams participated in the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea. The trio of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, who participated in the event, ranks 20th in the women’s category.

The Nigerian team at the Pyeongchang Games was the center of admiration, which was a good thing for the tender athletes who finally achieved their goal. The Nigerian team also competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, finishing ninth in the medal table with nine gold, nine silver, and six bronze medals.

The country also hosted the African Under-21 Men’s Volleyball Championship, where Nigeria failed to qualify for Tunisia’s Under-21 World Volleyball World Championship in 2019. Nigerian team finished its campaign in the African Under 21 Men’s Volleyball Championship held in Abuja, where Egypt and Tunisia won the African slot machines for the next edition of the World Youth Championships in 20.

Nigeria also hosted the 5th African Wrestling Championship in Port Harcourt, where the country won the overall title. Nigeria has performed pretty well at home since the Nigerian Volleyball Federation launched the Nigerian Volleyball League, which has been dying for a few years.

The league was relaunched with the Nigeria Customs Service and both men’s and women’s teams emerged as champions in both categories. The Nigerian Cycling Federation was not left behind during the outstanding performance of 2018 at national and international events. The federation has raised the profile of cycling as a sport and exercise to keep fit.

The elimination of stoves on the Abuja velodrome has also been a great success in preparing it for Union Cycling International certification. Similarly, the 19th National Sports Festival was held in Abuja after six years of inactivity. Delta became the winner with 163 gold medals, 88 silver medals, and 101 bronze medals to beat the other participating teams in the first place.

Originally conceived as biennial multi-sport events to foster unity and help unearth new talent, enthusiasts note that the glory of the National Sports Festival (NSF) has faded and has hardly reached coma. since the last edition. held in Lagos almost six years ago. made.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said the ministry needed the perseverance necessary for the NSF to come to life, with Edo promising to host the 20th edition of the NSF in Benin.

Malam Tunde Kareem, president, and director of the Sports Forum, rated Nigeria’s sports performance in 2018 at 80%. He added that if stakeholders took up some of the sector’s challenges, the country would improve in the sport in 2019. Dalung also corroborated Kareem’s opinion, noting that “2019 offers better opportunities for sport in Nigeria”.

Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Baseball, Boxing, Chess, Cricket, Cycling, Football, Gymnastics, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Lawn Tennis, Rowing, Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Ping Pong, Taekwondo, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling with the Nigerian sports program.

However, Nigeria is generally involved in football, judo, wrestling, boxing, weightlifting, tennis, long jump, triple jump, table tennis and sprints at the Olympic Games.


CREDIT: The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) and Dorcas Jonah.

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