Team Nigeria ended their disappointing outing at the just-concluded World Deaflympics Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria as they manage to return to the country with only a bronze medal.
President of the Nigeria Deaf Sports Federation, Alhaji Usman Nahuche who was also the leader of delegation attributed the unimpressive performance of the 54-man contingent (38 athletes) to lack of exposure on the part of the athletes.
Nahuche stated that the Nigerian athletes fell short of standard compared to their counterparts from other nations who were well exposed having featured in series of international meets.
In his remark, Secretary General of the Nigeria Deaf Sports Federation, Lukman Agbabiaka, said the championship has exposed the athletes to meet up with international standard and brace up for the challenges ahead.
“Our football team participated at the global championship for the first time and so, they could not match their opponents in terms of skills. Again in athletics, inexperience cost us medals as our athletes found it difficult to cope with the starter’s flash light and as a result of this, five of them were disqualified for false-start,” Agbabiaka said.