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While women mostly do home chores and social sciences in Nigeria, their contributions to the athletic sphere are also increasing. The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has recently shed some light. They talked about the performance of male and female athletes in the country. 

The director of AFN said regarding the female athletes of his country: “They are regularly doing the country proud.” When asked what he expects from the male athletes, he said that the competitors should ‘Watch Out‘ for the Commonwealth in Birmingham. 

Athlete Women Of Nigeria

If one looks at the achievements of women in the past, more women have won medals and awards for Nigeria. There are also more women than men participating in international competitions. 

The Oregon 2022 championship is evidence many women made records. But male teams fumbled. This was the 18th edition of the World Athletics Championship held on the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, USA. 

More than 1500 athletes participated in the championship, and Nigeria gained 13th position on the medal table in 2022. Women who brought championship medals home include Ese Brune with a Silver medal. Moreover, Tobi Amusan, and Sprint Hurdler, in the same team, won Gold. 

Teams that won in several other world championships include the Falconets, who qualified for the WorldCup in India in the U20. The Flamingos, Nigeria’s under-17 football team, also won the World Cup of U17 in India. Moreover, the national female football team, Super Falcons, has also achieved. The team has won a total of 3 World Cups for Nigeria. 

History Of Triumphs By Male Sportsmen

On the other hand, male athletes have achievements dating as far as the 2000s. The 2000 Olympics, held in Sydney, were a significant triumph for the male athletes in Nigeria. The team of Jude Monye and Clement Chukwu, among three others, also held the flag! They won a Silver in the 4×400 meters sport. 

The medal was later upgraded to Gold. Before that, the 4×100 race team in the 1997 Championship (held in Greece, Athens) won an award for setting the African record. The prominent players in the team were Davidson and Osmond Ezinwa, Francis, and some others. They ran almost 38 meters and set a record. 

Moreover, Innocent Egbunike was another male athlete people still look up to. He broke his African record when he ran a race of 400 meters in just 31.97 seconds. The athletic world or Africa’s largest federations can never forget these achievements. Perhaps it’s a lack of trainers or just a matter of how much time the male sportsmen give to practice. 

The Long-Term Goal For Nigeria

Nigeria needs to invest more in female sports and carry out strengthening ways for male sports. Many males that train for the international games are from rural areas. Others are also from pricey sports academies. Nothing in between. 

Even the Super Eagles, the national football team in Nigeria, are not performing as they did in the past. Instead, South Africa is taking the lead in comparison. But, the bright side is that Nigeria ranks high internationally. The nation’s flag is still held up by female athletes.

 

 

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