Glasgow 2014: Nigeria Ends Commonwealth Games At 8th Position

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Nigeria concluded the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow at the 8th position on the medal table.

Nigeria came home with 11 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 14 bronze medals.

Sports Minister, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, has praised Blessing Okagbare, who was the country’s star of the championship and other athletes for representing the country well.

Okagbare clinched a sprint double in the 100m and 200m, becoming the 11th woman ever to accomplish the feat and the first Nigerian. She was only denied a treble by the Jamaican quartet in the women’s 4X100m final.

Danagogo said: “Okagbare has shown that with determination you can achieve your dream in whatever endeavour you set out for yourself. She has been consistent over the years and has remained focused despite missing the ultimate medal in some competitions before now.”

“I want to congratulate the other medalists for their effort and hope that they will build on their successes in Glasgow for future competitions especially as we begin preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games.”

The Minister however expressed his disappointment after 16-year-old Chika Amalaha, was stripped of her gold medal for failing a doping test.

“My heart bleeds for this 16-year-old girl,” he said. “She looks too innocent to commit such an offence. She is naive. We must get to the root of this. The coaches and our anti-doping officials have questions to answer. Why didn’t they do their jobs before coming here to disgrace Nigeria?

“It’s disappointing that we have highly placed anti-doping officials who did not do their jobs. It is embarrassing and severe punishments will be meted out to those officials either for their involvement or negligence, as a deterrent.

Wana

Wana

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