The Spirit of the Olympics is being tested in faraway Nanjin china as the Chinese Government has openly shown discrimination against Nigeria.
Nigerian athletes who are in China for the Youth Olympics have been quarantined and barred from training over the outbreak of the Ebola virus back home.
The Chinese Government, a statement by the National Sports Commission said, has prevented the athletes from training as other countries’ athletes have been doing since arrival.
This is unacceptable and totally against the Olympic spirit.
In a statement signed Wednesday by the Director General of the National Sports Commission, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye Nigeria protested to the organisers that the treatment to the Nigerian athletes were inhuman.
The Youth Olympics is scheduled to hold in Nanjing, China from August 16 to August 18. And Team Nigeria were to participate in three sports – Athletics, Wrestling and Beach Vollleyball, with twelve athletes.
The Government has since decided to withdraw the team from the Games.
The vanguard newspaper reports that The decision to withdraw Team Nigeria from the Games was taken after a meeting with Sports Minister, Dr Tammy Danagogo, Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, President, Engr Sani M. Ndanusa and the Director General of the National sports Commission, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye.
Though the officials have not reacted to Nigeria’s withdrawal of her athletes, the discrimination and subsequent quarantine of the athletes is not unconnected to the Ebola virus that is ravaging part of West Africa.
The athletes and their officials have been directed to leave China and head home.
It is so sad because the Chinese have always been welcomed in Nigeria for Business and leisure even in the height of when they had the bird flu epidemic.