Nigerian Must Shun Machinery And Face Reality

Hello sports fans, it’s a pleasure for me to be back with another edition of my column, titled; ‘Shun Machinery And Face Reality?’

The days of using machinery in sports has since been over, and I think the National Sports Commission, NSC, in Nigeria needs reform.

Honestly, the system has to be rebooted because the poor performance of Nigerian athletes in international competitions is worrisome.

A typical example of Team Nigeria’s flop is evident at the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo-Brazzaville.

The barrier during self-improvement is not so much that people hate learning, what they hate is being taught.

To learn entails that the knowledge was achieved on one’s own accord, it feels great but to be taught often leaves a feeling of inferiority. Thus it takes a bit of determination and lot of humility in order for one to fully develop.

Let’s leave these classroom formalities for now and focus on the subject of today. Nigerian athletes have competed in various athletics championships from 100m through relays and even in international football competitions and the laurels won by the nation are there to show for the efforts put in in the past.

But today, it is hard to hope for a medal in different categories of the championship that Nigerian athletes feature in.

Questions have been asked on the grace to grass fall of the country in international sports, while many of the sports administrators in Nigeria keep returning to the drawing board and wishing for a better tomorrow.

However, it is high time to stop these era of wishful thinking. Wishful thinking is an imaginary syndrome. It is not practical.

Sports generally are practical events that need coalition and collaboration. As each day passes, the age perimeter of athletes becomes slimmer and limited, so it is better to make use of them in their prime.

Wishful thinking is the formation of beliefs and making decisions according to what might be pleasing to imagine instead of appealing to evidence, rationality, or reality.

It is a product of resolving conflicts between belief and desire.
Countries prepare for tournaments and championships ahead of time, athletes consolidate, solidify in troops because every blissful performance resonates around the world, and it is a seed to the next event at that point in time, unto the next generation.

When such are nurtured to achieve success, it becomes a pride to the nation. That’s why the idea of fire brigade approach and lateness of preparation have to be abolished in Nigeria.

When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Instead of Nigeria’s usual fire brigade approach, it is better to invest in proper preparation.

Instead of Nigeria relying on machinery (foreign-based athletes who never grew up in Nigeria), it will be beneficial to invest in raw talents discovered in the country.

Instead of wishful thinking, it is high time for the administrators to face the reality. It is time to be optimistic and build a better environment for the athletes.

Remember, these athlete function with time, space and when opportunity comes their way. When these three keys are destroyed; the seeds of the next generation are threatened.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something; one must build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

The time to start afresh is now, let’s look inwards and develop our athletes as soon as they are discovered, that’s the only way the future can be guaranteed.

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Peter Ijeh,
ULc, BSs.

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