NAW S2 EP6 - The woes of Team Nigeria’s performance at the IAAF World Championships London 2017

August 16, 2017

We talk about Nigeria's performance at the London World Championships where for the second successive time we have failed to win a medal.

How is it becoming normal that a country of Nigeria's prospects and population can't seem to win a medal at a global championships like this?

 

It is also of bad note, the shoddy preparations of Team Nigeria, with athletes needing the intervention of IAAF before they could secure UK visas, and having to arrive just a day before their events. Even some got to London a day before the end of the championship. Did we not shoot ourselves on the foot?

 

Fast forward to Doha 2019, do we think we can end the medal drought in Qatar, what do we need to do to be able to finish on the podium then?

 

Now that the season has ended, do we think ensuring that the National Sports Festival happens this year will help Nigerian athletes get ready for 2018 season, considering that the Commonwealth Games will happen in April?

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NAW S2 EP4: The National Junior Trials and ensuing Team Nigeria’s absence in Algeria reviewed, National Senior Trials previewed and fresh AFN Elections announced

July 7, 2017

After the AFN election that saw a new president emerge, the Appeals Committee has come to nullify it and call for a new presidential election.

 

We also review the first ever AFN/MOC National Youth and Junior Champs that was held at the Abuja National Stadium. We then talk about Nigeria being unable to present a team in Algeria, the first time it is happening in ten years, despite us being defending champions from two years ago.

 

We also talk about the National Championships coming up from July 13th-15th. We dissect all the controversies from the list of invited athletes to the dates. Why isn't the likes of Seye Ogunlewe, Regina George and co not on the team? On the other hand we also talk about the inclusion of so many MoC athletes. 12 of them made the team this year as against just 2 who did last year

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NAW S2 EP3 AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions meet & Marseille reviewed and upcoming AFN elections

June 9, 2017

Leading off with last weekend's AFN/Dynamic Solutions meet. Making of Champions' Joy Udo Gabriel ran two PBs to qualify for the African Junior Championships later this month. Also, another MoC athlete - Glory Nyenke attained qualification as well.

 

Samson Nathaniel and Yinka Ajayi also both qualified for the London World Championships. 

We also express our general outlook on the AFN/Dynamic Sporting Solutions meet which held in Abuja.

 

We then talk about Blessing Okagbare who ran an SB last weekend in Marseille, and looks like she would be one of the leading athletes expected at the Racers Grand Prix in Jamaica this weekend. Margaret Bamgbose also hit qualification for London 2017 at this same meet. 

Peter Moreno has broken the Decathlon National Record set by Lee Okoroafor since 2003, setting a new one (subject to ratification). 

 

We conclude by talking about the AFN elections next week, are there clear front-runners now? Listen to discover a new board member that has emerged.

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NAW S2 EP2 - New MoC sponsors announced, Okagbare in 2017, Lagos School Relays and the AFN elections

May 26, 2017

We announce three new sponsors for the Making Of Champions project. Listen to find out who they are.

Blessing Okagbare competed at the Doha Diamond League and finished 6th in the women's 200m.  What do we think about Okagbare, and how do we see her season panning out? 

In the absence of A-grade Nigerian athletes competing at the highest level, do we stand a chance at the World Championships in London?

We come back home to talk about the Lagos State Secondary school relays held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Is this a good means to relaunch Nigeria's lost glory in the relays?

We also talk about the AFN elections. It is a pity that these elections seem to have halted all Athletics programmes in the country. With the people who have come forward, what are our views with regards to who becomes the next president of the federation?

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NAW S2 EP 1 - Nigeria’s performances so far in 2017 Athletic season and the future

May 8, 2017

In this episode, we recall the exploits of Nigeria athletes since the turn of the year. We commence with Nigeria's ill-fated participation at the World Relays and then we touch on the Penn relays too. Some Nigerian athletes have also already qualified for the World Championships in London. Listen to find out who they are.

 

Two promising foreign-based Nigerian athletes have sadly switched their allegiances to the U.S. Why does this continue to happen and how can it be stemmed in future?

 

There have also been a series local competitions recently. Such include the All Comers in PH, NUGA in Makurdi. Then we look into the four Golden Leagues coming up. When will the DK Olukoya Championships hold and in what city?

 

What should we look forward to this year, which athlete do we think will impress the most this year? Do we see Nigeria getting a medal at the World Championships?

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NAW Ep 23 - Recapping the best moments of Top Sprinter 2016 and the athletics year for Team Nigeria.

October 7, 2016

What more is there to say other than about Top Sprinter 2016. We discuss about the three-day competition, and what it was like bringing some of the best Nigerian athletes to compete in Lagos. Who were the standout performers? What do we make of Mercy Ntia-Obong's double? Raymond Ekevwo beating the seniors to win the men's 100m title. National athletes likeNathaniel Samson, Yinka Ajayi dominating the quarter-mile.

 

There were notable national athletes who also took part: Nicholas ran in the 100m heats, Peter Moreno in the 200m heats, and others. Was it a sign of acceptability, going by the calibre of athletes present?

Then coming to the Juniors, MoC Track club's Joy Udo-Gabriel and Jerry Jakpa showing tremendous progress as they both stormed to a double. Surely the track club has been immense in their young careers.

 

We also speculate on which athletes and how many may be recruited into MoC TrackClub. There were many firsts on Top Sprinter 2016: Live-streaming of the event,Para-athletes also taking part, and the field events for Juniors.

 

Finally,we do a general review of Team Nigeria's performance in Athletics this year.There were many competitions Nigeria took part in: African Champs in Durban,World Junior Champs in Poland and Rio Olympics & Paralympics. What do we make of our outing at these Championships? Who is our standout Nigerian athlete this year?

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NAW Ep 22 - Top Sprinter is finally here, Press Conference reviewed and Paralympians’ treatment after their victory in Rio.

September 27, 2016

Top on the agenda is Top Sprinter 2016. Over 700 confirmed athletes expected to turn up for the event? Athletes will be traveling in from around Nigeria.

 

For the first time ever in Nigeria, we will be streaming an athletics event LIVE on Facebook (www.facebook.com/makingofchamps). So viewers from around the world can watch Top Sprinter Live. CEO of Making of Champions, speaks on partnership with Lagos State Sports Commission on the Lagos Relays at Top Sprinter's last day, October 1st. Top line Team Nigeria athletes would also be competing this week in Lagos, like Divine Oduduru.

 

Live in this episode is Olympic Medallist Deji Aliu speaking about running sub 10s and what it takes to be a great athlete. Also in this episode are two athletes - Jerry Jakpa and Joy Udo-Gabriel who were discovered at Top Sprinter last year and now in the MoC Track club. They also happen to be the first set of athletes awarded a Student-Athlete Scholarship by Arco Group.

 

The Paralympians are back in the country. So far there's nothing from the government with regards to monetary incentives, just a congratulatory message sent out to the contingent. 

Although it must be pointed out that the House of Representatives members have collectively agreed to part with N50,000 each to donate to the team. News also got round that the Imo State Governor has rewarded athletes from his state.

What is the best reward Nigeria can possibly give to these athletes who did the country proud in Brazil? Who should get the more support, Paralympians or Olympians? Listen to the hot debate!

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NAW Ep 21 - Nigeria returns from the Paralympics Games and exciting updates on Top Sprinter 2016

September 21, 2016

 A general review of Nigeria's performance at the Rio2016 Paralympic Games. What can be done to have a sustained performance like this at subsequent Paralympics in years to come?

 

Nigeria finished 22nd in London, although with more medals, 13. However this time around Nigeria moved up five places to finish 17th with 12 medals, although with more GOLD medals than was won four years ago. 

 

How come the Paralympians are performing better than Olympians? Not like the former get better treatment from the sporting federations, or are they more motivated? What could be the story behind their success? Looking forward to Tokyo 2020, what are our expectations? Would things have changed by then. 

 

National Youth Games reviewed.

 

It's the final week of registration for Top Sprinter. As we are enter the final phase of registrations, those who haven't done so have till 25th to do so. 


A few more things to know about this years' event:

 Nigerian Olympians Oduduru, Erayokan, over 400 others confirmed for Top Sprinter 2016! 

Top Sprinter 2016 Event Schedule released as Registration Deadline approaches

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NAW Ep 20 - Team Nigeria’s impressive outing at 2016 Paralympics so far, and Top Sprinter updates

September 16, 2016

As at the time of this recording, Nigeria already had a whooping 10 medals in the ongoing Paralympics which include 7 GOLD, 2 Silver and a Bronze medal.

We talk about each Nigerian athlete who has won a medal and what event they competed in. 

The extraordinary feat of our Powerlifters, because at the moment only about three did not win medals. What makes Nigeria thick in this event?

How come that even in Athletics we have won two GOLD medals and also both were achieved with World Record marks? Lauritta Onyie and Flora Ugwunna excelling in F40 Shot Put & F54 Javelin.

The GOLD medals could have been more, if defending champion Yakubu Adesokan had not missed his event.

Hannah Babalola finished 7th in 100m T54 while she will be competing in the 800m which is not her primary event. Any chance she could win a medal?

We would conclude the Paralympics talks by predicting where we see Nigeria finishing after the Games on Saturday. 

 

On Top Sprinter 2016, over 300 Athletes already registered in 1 week, with some from the Olympics & World Championships. Registration is still open and athletes who haven't registered can still do so. Find out more on www.makingofchamps.com/registration

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NAW Ep 19 - Paralympics kicks off, Top Sprinter 2016 launches and Eko Athletics Grand Prix reviewed

September 7, 2016

Nigeria would be competing in Powerlifting, Athletics and Table Tennis at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. Listen to our preview of the event.

Making Of Champions launches its 2016 edition of the Top Sprinter competition as online registration opens. Also, for the first time, there will be prize monies to be won by Senior athletes and other merchandise up for grabs for the junior and youth athletes.

MoC athletes also shine at the Eko Athletics Grand Prix
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NAW Ep18 - [Special] Bambo Akani reviews Nigeria’s woeful performance at Rio 2016 Olympics on Sports Planet

August 31, 2016

This special episode features Making of Champions' founder Bambo Akani on Sports Planet radio show which aired across several stations in the past week. These stations were The Beat FM in Lagos, Crown FM in Osun, Search FM in Niger, Orange FM in Ondo and Garden City FM in Rivers States.

The disappointing performance in athletics didn't really come as a surprise for our CEO who cemented his passion for reviving Nigerian athletics by starting Making of Champions. This is the second consecutive Olympics that Nigeria didn't come home with any medals in Track and Field. What was even more surprising is the performance countries like Japan and Cote D'Ivoire put up. 

He analyzes the causes and proffers solutions to the menace. Kindly share and leave us a review on iTunes!
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NAW Ep 17 - The highs and lows of Team Nigeria’s performance at Rio 2016 Olympics. What next?

August 23, 2016

 A review of Team Nigeria's performance at the Olympic Games. The standout performers like the Dream Team, Chierika Ukogu, Aruna Quadri, Ese Brume for being the only Track and Field athlete to get to the final of an individual event. Divine Oduduru for running a PB whilst running with Usain Bolt. What happened to our wrestlers whom we felt had the best prospects of winning medals? What of Stephen Mozia? What's next for Blessing Okagbare?

 

A short focus on Nigeria-born athletes who repped other countries and did well. Morolake Akinosun, Courtney Okolo, Cindy Ofili, Salwa Eid Naser (Ebelechukwu Agbapuonwu) who narrowly missed making the final in the 400m after lowering her PB twice, why are our athletes not replicating these feats? 

 

What's the way forward ahead of Tokyo 2020?

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NAW Ep 16 - Dream Team continues victory, Efe Ajagba knocks out Nigel in first round and other Team Nigeria reviews at Rio Olympics

August 16, 2016

Dream Team VI and a review of their journey so far. D'Tigers and their historic victory against Croatia and our chances of even more history by beating Brazil with Croatia losing to Lithuania. Efe Ajagba's wicked Left-Right combination that knocked out his Trinidadian opponent Nigel Paul - can he beat London 2012 Bronze Medallist Ivan Dychko in the Q-Finals to progress towards contesting for a medal?

 

Review of Team Nigeria athletes at the Games: Blessing not making it to the final of the 100m. Can she bounce back in the 200m and Long Jump? Performance of our men and women's 400m, 100m. Could they have fared better? What lessons can Nigeria learn from smaller countries like Cote d'Ivoire and Botswana who had finalists in the sprints?

 

Review of other Sports that Nigeria competed in like Table Tennis, Basketball, Football, Weightlifting, Rowing. Who was your standout Team Nigeria athlete?  Do we still stand a chance of winning medals?

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NAW Ep15 - Dream Team, Aruna Quadri, Chierika Ukogu light up Team Nigeria’s Rio 2016 Olympics outing at early stages.

August 9, 2016

We talk about the most impressive team from Sunday night's competition, the Dream Team. Aruna Quadri's shocking win against Timo Boll of Germany. Also Chierika Ukogu in the Rowing event who made it to the quarterfinals. We'll basically focus on athletes who have already started competing, but haven't been ousted yet.

 

We also focus on the events/athletes who have ended their campaign in Rio such as the Table Tennis players: Segun Toriola, Funke Oshonaike and Offiong Edem. How did they fare? Were their performances disappointing? What factors were responsible for their ouster? Jonathan Akinyemi in Rowing, and Rachael Tonjorin Swimming. How can we prevent such early exits in future?

 

Then we move on to events we are yet to compete in such as Wrestling, Boxing,Weightlifting and Track and Field. Can we redeem our image in any of these sports? What are our prospects in these sports? Who are our medal contenders?

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NAW Ep14 - Union Bank blazes the trail in supporting Nigerian Athletes, women’s 4×400m team disqualified for Rio.

August 2, 2016

Union Bank's support for Team Nigeria, especially the unveiling of five athletes as their ambassadors. How can we have more of this? How would this boost the morale of the likes of Divine Oduduru?

 

Nigeria's disqualification in the women's 4x400m. Who is to blame, considering that Tosin Adeloye tested positive since last year? Also the IAAF initially listed Nigeria as one of the qualified countries in the list they released after the deadline, only to later erase the marks that qualified our team in the first place. Was this misleading? How does it feel for Nigeria to compete in only one relay event at the Olympics, considering that most of the medals won in Track and Field are from the relays?

 

Team Nigeria leaves for Rio on Monday (August 1). What do we think are their chances considering the poor preparation which was even worse than London 2012. The choice of Mikel Obi as Team Captain and other issues surrounding Team Nigeria athletes such as the team not going together: does this really matter?

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