The permanent secretary in Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Olusade Adesola has warned the country’s athletes to this year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia to drop any thought of defecting.
Adesola said the athletes must all think twice before plunging themselves into a taking any dishonourable decision that would give them perpetual regret.
The perm sec gave the advice during a visit to Team Nigeria’s camp at Gold Coast 2018 Games Village, from which several African competitors are said to have gone absent in recent days.
Adesola’s visit, though, coincided with a drop on the medals table, as Team Nigeria fell to 11th position, despite winning one silver and two bronze (all from wrestling) on Thursday.
Following the addition of the three more medals, Team Nigeria currently has four gold, five silver and two bronze medals.
Africa’s highest ranked country South Africa dropped from fourth to fifth position with 11 gold, nine silver, 12 bronze medals.
Botswana moved down one spot from 14th to joint-15th with two gold and one silver, while Uganda also went down two places to 17th on two gold and one bronze.
Other African countries who dropped are Mauritius from 26th to joint-28th with one silver and Cameroon who went two places down from 31st to 33rd with just one bronze.
The only African country that moved up was Kenya as they climbed four places from 23rd to 18th with one gold, three silver and three bronze.
Host country Australia is still leading in the medals standings on 63 gold, 46 silver and 47 bronze.
England kept second spot with 28 gold, 32 silver, 27 bronze, in third spot is India with 14 gold, seven silver, 10 bronze and Canada is fourth position with 12 gold, 29 silver and 19 bronze.