As the zero hour approaches swiftly for the Olympics, one of Nigeria’s most decorated female athletes, Mary Onyali Omagbami has dismissed fears that pressure on athletes may make them fumble at the London showpiece.
“I don’t think that there is any athlete that will succumb to pressure during the Olympics. Most of the athletes are not entirely new and are not going to run before a big audience for the first time in London. Before now, they have been competing in circuits and are used to mammoth crowd. On the contrary, I think that massive audience will spur them into performing well at the Olympics”, Onyali said.
Onyali, looking at the strength of Team Nigeria ahead of the Olympics said that Athletics holds the trump card to Nigeria’s fine outing in the Olympics. “We’ve very good chances of winning medals in the Olympics.
Athletics, no doubt, stands out among others. Without being immodest, I think that the crop of young athletes can stand up to any other athlete in the World at the Olympics. Blessing Okagbare is a leading light in the Olympics. I see her jumping into reckoning in the Olympics”, Onyali who hinged her optimism on the preparation of Team Nigeria said.
“The athletes have been busy and well prepared for the Olympics. The NSC and the NOC have shown tremendous understanding in helping the athletes. I feel strongly that Team Nigeria will soar higher than our attempts in the Olympics this time around”, Onyali said.