No fewer than 60 Nigerian athletes are flying the nation’s flag at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics which officially kicked off on Friday.
According to the list of the athletes, almost all of them are from the southern part of the country.
PlatinumPost reports that the South has always dominate the nation’s sports activities since inception of Nigeria, hence, merit was considered in the selection process as against federal character principle.
Nigeria will be participating in 10 Olympics sports with Athletics producing the largest contingent, followed by the male and female basketball teams.
The country will also feature in sports like rowing, table tennis, taekwondo and artistic gymnastics.
D’Tigers, Nigerian national basketball team, who had an impressive pre-olympics exhibition games after beating world power United States and Argentina, will be hoping to make it count when it matters most in Tokyo.
Team Nigeria will be looking to add to its 25 Olympics medals at the competitions so far.
Since her debut at the games in 1952, Nigeria only boast of winning three Gold, 10 Silver and 12 Bronze medals.
Team Nigeria performed poorly at the last two Olympics winning only one bronze medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, and none at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Famous for its outstanding run at the 1996 Olympics games, the Nigerian male football team is believed to be one of the country’s most successful Olympics sides, holding one of the country’s three Olympics gold medals.
However, both male and female national football team will be missing out of action after failing to to scale through qualification.
Here is a complete list of all the 60 Athletes representing Nigeria at TOKYO 2020:
17.Nse Imaobong Uko
21.Juwon Anuoluwapo 0peyori
22.Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan
45.Nnenna Amy Okonkwo
47.Emmanuel Ayomide Bello
54.Oluchi Elizabeth Anyanacho
60. Uche Eke