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.
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August 24, 2016
Overview of the Olympics. Who were the standout performers at theRio Games? Usain Bolt for the Triple Treble, Mo Farah doing the Double Double,Elaine Thompson for doing the sprint double, World Record holders Almaz Ayana,Wayde Van Niekerk and Anita Wlodarcyzk, the likes of Tori Bowie and Andre deGrasse who won three medals each, Thiago Braz da Silva, Caster Semenya, theJapanese 4x100m for winning Silver behind Jamaica, etc.
Athletes that didn't live up to expectations at the Games. Whatcould have gone wrong for them? Justin Gatlin, Dafne Schippers, Asbel Kiprop,Trayvon Bromell, English Gardner, Blessing Okagbare, etc.
Other trending events. Such include Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryceleaving her long time coach Stephen Francis of the MVP. That shows she's notplanning to call it quits anytime soon. Can she bounce back? The IAAF says thatthe World Youth Championships will no longer be hosted. What are our thoughtson this matter? IAAFWill No Longer Contest World U18 Youth Championships
August 23, 2016
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?
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?
the way forward ahead of Tokyo 2020?
August 16, 2016
Bolt's victory in the 100m. Can he ever be beaten? Should Gatlin be considering
retirement now that he has lost his final chance at beating Bolt, or should we
be expecting a final clash in London? The presence of two Africans, Akani
Simbine and Ben Meite in the 100m final. Is Africa once again becoming a force
to be reckoned with in the sprints?
Van Niekerk's World Record: who saw it coming? Being the first African to win
the title, what significance does his victory hold for the continent? Can he
further lower his time? Mention of Sibanda's performance.
Ayaya's World Record feat. Can she do same in the 5000m?
Ibarguen's victory in the Triple Jump as well. Elaine Thompson winning the
women's 100m title - can she do same in the 200m? Should Shelly-Ann call it
quits now? Marie Ta Lou finishing 4th and narrowly missing a medal - what is
she capable of? Can she beat Ahoure now?
of other events that took place from Friday such as Jeff Henderson in the Long Jump and Thaim in
of other events like the men and women's 200m, 800m, Triple Jump, women's Long
Jump, relays and so on.
events are you most looking forward to this week in Track & Field?
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
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?
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?
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?
August 3, 2016
developments in the build up to the Olympics e.g The excitement fever as the
Games draw closer; however there has been a lot of negative press with regards
to the level of preparedness of Brazil to host the competition, a number of
thefts have been reported, some facilities in the Games Village not working
properly, Zika virus scare, etc, do we think this will overshadow the games?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) not giving Russia a blanket ban,
which means that International federations are to decide whether or not Russian
athletes can take part in specific events. For instance the IAAF as well as
Swimming and Weightlifting federations aren't allowing any Russians in their
events. However other sports like Cycling, Handball, Golf, Gymnastics, etc have
no issues with Russian athletes. Is IOC's decision right?
Bolt is already in Rio, and he says he didn't sleep all through the flight,
suggesting that he's seriously focusing on the job ahead. Can he retain all
three titles, or is he favoured to retain just one or two? For instance it
would seem that USA has a stronger team in Gatlin, Bromell, Marvin Bracy, Mike
Rodgers and Tyson Gay as against Bolt, Yohan Blake, Nickel Ashmeade and
Jevaughn Minzie. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the flag bearer of the Jamaican
team. This suggests a level of confidence in her abilities. Do they know
something we don't? A number of countries have arrived e.g Botswana, Australia,
while the US Athletics team leaves for Rio on August 1.
Semenya going for the 400m/800m in Rio. Can she win both, or can she only medal
in both? Of course she is the main contender in the 800m but can she defeat
Shaunae Miller or Allyson Felix in the 400m?
August 2, 2016
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?
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?
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?
July 27, 2016
with the review of the London Diamond League because of Kendra Harrison's WR
breaking feat, setting a new WR of 12.20s. How did she conjure up this feat?
Was missing the Olympics team a blessing in disguise? Should she be given a bye
because of her recent feat? What kind of special considerations should be made
in cases like this? We can then focus on Bolt's return, plus his comments about
feeling disrespected by the Americans. How will this new rivalry play out in
Rio? Is Bolt trying to stir up unnecessary sentiments? Other outstanding
performances like Sandra Perkovic, Mo Farah, Christian Taylor, Shelly-Ann's
loss: can she defend her title?
of the World Juniors: Who were the outstanding performances for each of us?
Focus on the likes of Neeraj Chopra (Javelin), Buckowiecki (Shot put), Candace
Hill (100m), Noah Lyles (100m), Tiffany James (400m), Luis Zayas (High Jump),
and so on. Botswana's performance, US dominance in all four relays, etc
Javelin thrower Ihab Abdelrahman has failed a dope test. Results from a test
taken in April show that he tested positive for testosterone, and is
provisionally suspended and may be missing the Olympics. The B sample will come
out on Monday. What would the Javelin field and Africa miss by his
July 26, 2016
weigh in on the whole controversy of Nigerian foreign athletes being told to
buy their own tickets to Rio, since the issue pretty much blew the internet
this weekend. What could have necessitated that email? How does this affect the
psyche of the athletes ahead of the Olympics, and Nigeria's image in
particular, seeing that the story went viral? Would anyone take us seriously?
review of Team Nigeria's disastrous outing at the World U20 Championships. Were
we shocked by the outcome? What happened to Tobi Amusan who eventually finished
5th? Would she be able to cope with the pressure in Rio? What about the
athletes' welfare, since they complained about not being given food for days
while in camp? How do we avoid such re-occurences in future?
Mozia's recent feat of setting another National Record and his No.3 standing in
the world with 21.73m in the shot put? Is he really a contender? Can he
actually make that history for Nigeria?
victory, and the fact that five Nigerian born athletes competed for Bahrain?
July 20, 2016
Review of the Monaco Diamond League with special focus on Caster
Semenya's PB, NR, MR, DLR, WL of 1:55.33. The race was so fast that the next
five finishers set PBs/NRs. Is Jarmila Kratochvílová's World Record
of 1:53.28 on? Mind you it was set in 1983. Does she have any contenders? Other
impressive performances in Monaco include Wayde Van Niekerk, Valerie Adams,
Dafne Schippers. Eilidh Doyle, Katerina Stefanidi, Conseslus Kipruto. And then
upsets in the men's 1500m with Ronald Kwemoi winning and Kiprop finishing 6th,
Omar McLeod tripping in the 110 Hurdles, Gianmarco Tamberi winning the High
Jump with a National Record of 2.39m and then being ruled out of the Olympics
after a severe injury at his second attempt at 2.41m.
Almaz Ayana going for the 5000m/10,000m in Rio, and Tirunesh Dibaba
going for the 10,000m. Can she win both, or will Dibaba have an edge since
she's going for only one event? Are Genzebe Dibaba's days in the long distance
events over? Muktar Eedris is one to watch out for in the men's 5000m. Why is
Meseret Defar not included in the list?
Preview of the World Juniors which takes off on Tuesday. Who
are the athletes to watch out for? Abdullah Akbar Mohammed of Saudi Arabia is
the World No.1 in the boys'100m with 10.04, South Africa's Gift Leotlela is
No.5 in the 100m/200m (10.20s, 20.47s), Botswana's Baboloki Thebe is No.2 in
the 200m with 20.21s, and 1st in the 400m with 44.27s. Candace Hill in the
girls'100m is the world leader with 11.09s, Khalifa St. Fort (No.2 with
11.16s), Tobi Amusan tops the 100m Hurdles list with 12.83s, etc
July 19, 2016
Focus on the 13-man team to the World Juniors whom we believed left on Sunday night for Poland. What are their chances? Any medal prospects? Tobi is No.1 in the world rankings in the 100m Hurdles, and 14th in the 100m (11.50s): can she some how medal in both? Aniekeme is No.7 in the 100m (11.34s), Mercy Ntiabong No.4 in the 200m (23.17s) and 12th in the 100m (11.47s), Raymond No.20 in the 100m(10.35s). A brief mention of Ofonime Odiong who will be competing for Bahrain for the first time at the same competition. What has Nigeria missed in her?
What are our thoughts about the Nigerian team to Rio? Are there people who made the team who shouldn't be there? What are the chances of our athletes? Blessing going for the 100m/200m/Long Jump/4x100m. Isn't it an over kill? Or would she just do only one of the sprints along with the Long Jump? Because she told me that for sure she's going to do the Long Jump in Rio. Do the women's relay teams stand a chance? Why list nine athletes for the women's relays?
July 13, 2016
of the US Trials which produced some shocking results, first in the men's 200m
semis which LaShawn Merritt won with a WL of 19.74s, even though Gatlin
eventually won the final in 19.75s. What are our thoughts on Merritt doing the
200m/400m in Rio? Can he medal in both?
Gatlin and Merritt in the 200m - how would that play out? Tori Bowie won the
200 ahead of Felix. Then four World Leaders didn't make the team in their
events: Kendra Harrison in the 100m Hurdles, Shamier Little in the 400m H,
Courtney Okolo in the 400m and Marquis Goodwin in the Long Jump. Did they peak
too early, or what could have cost them the ticket? David Oliver and defending
champion in the 110 Hurdles Aries Merritt didn't make the team. Oliver
qualified for the final but had a hamstring injury, so he withdrew from the
final; Merritt finished 4th. The event was won by the NCAA 2016 Champion Devon
Allen (13.03s), Ronnie Ash 2nd and Jeff Porter 3rd. Will Claye (17.65m) won the
Triple Jump ahead of Chris Taylor (17.39m).
Grasse won the Canadian 100m title with his first sub-10 (9.99s). However it is
interesting to note that three of the eight finalists have Nigerian names:
Mobolaji Ajomale (4th - 10.23), Oluwasegun Makinde (5th - 10.35), and Oluseyi
Smith (7th - 10.39). Is Canada becoming an extension of Team GB?
Championships : Poland won overall and Schippers won the 100m in 10.90s and
helped the Netherlands win the 4x100m in 42.04, finishing ahead of Great
Britain and Germany. Seems like she will be going for the sprint double after
all. Can she medal in the 100m?
returned to training and says he is ready to compete at the London Grand Prix
on July 22. He has asked his fans to come watch him on that day and dismissed
talks that he may miss the Olympics. This is good news, which means we expect
to see him run a fast time, but of course London will give us an indication of
how fit he is.
July 13, 2016
This episode is allabout the National Trials: the highs, the lows, outstanding athletes, Blessingrunning in front of her home crowd, Seye retaining his title, overtaking Oghoas Nigeria's fastest man home and abroad this season, Antwon Hicks running anNR, making our guess as to those who will make the final team, which should beannounced any day now...who deserves to go to Rio?
The CAA Grand Prixwithout the countries the organisers advertised. Would our relay teams have runfaster if the competition was stiffer? Meanwhile South Africa also didn'tqualify for the men' and women's 4x100m, and the women's 4x400m, so we are notalone. How do we build on the emerging team and little successes if any?
June 22, 2016
Our thoughts on the
IAAF's ban on Russia ahead of the Olympics. Do we think the ban is unfair and a
human rights violation as expressed by Yelena Isinbayeva? Are we likely see
more stringent doping measures in Rio considering that a lot of the doping issues
that were brought to the fore were unearthed from London 2012 and even Beijing
2008? Usain Bolt also stands to lose one
of his Gold medals in the 4x100m due to Nesta Carter failing a dope test from
The weekend was a
big one for the throws. World Record holder in the women's Hammer throw Anita
Wlodarczyk set a World Lead and third farthest distance ever of 79.61m in
Poland on Saturday. 2014 World Indoor champion Kamila Licwinko also set a WL
1.99m in the women's High Jump.
The German National
Championships also held this weekend and one of the standout athletes was
Thomas Rohler who won his event with an impressive 86.81m. He remains the World
Leader with his mark of 89.30m and has the three best marks in the world this
season. Rohler is the favourite ahead of the Olympics, which begets the
question: what's happening to Julius Yego who currently occupies No.10 spot
with 84.68m. Can he bounce back?
Review of Stockholm
Diamond League where Ruth was the only athlete to set a Meeting Record. The Diamond League is on break to allow
countries hold their national trials and will return on July 15 in Monaco.