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Nigeria Finishes 8th At The Common Wealth Games With 11 Gold

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At the end of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Team
Nigeria has finished in eighth position, winning 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze
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.
Congrats to Nigerian Women...u made us proud

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