Team Nigeria can only boast of two medals following its participation in Tokyo
Wrestler Adijat Idris lost out to Ukraine’s Oksana Livach in the quarter-final
of the 50kg women’s freestyle event on Friday morning to end Nigeria’s hopes
of adding more medals to its cabinet at the Tokyo Olympics.
Livach defeated the 19-year-old 10-0 by technical knockout, meaning Team Nigeria
ended the Games with two medals.
Nigeria’s only medals were from Blessing Oborududu and Ese Brume. Brume won a
bronze medal in the women’s long jump event, while Oborududu clinched silver in
the women’s freestyle 68kg wrestling category to rekindle the country’s battered
hopes in an Olympic where ten of its athletes were suspended.
The country’s participation at the Olympics was marred by internal squabbles which
many observers blamed the athletes’ outing in Tokyo.
Several athletes had raised concerns over their welfare before and during the Games
in the Asian nation.
Earlier in the week, shot-putter Chukwuebuka Enekwechi made headlines after he
posted a video of himself washing his “only” jersey ahead of the event, providing
further insights into the welfare of the country’s contingents.
He later assured everyone that all was fine and battle-ready for the final – where he