Nigeria came back from the Olympics without a single medal, but their Paralympians have picked up a clutch of medals, including several golds.
Why are they succeeding where the Olympians failed?
“It is amusing that even war-torn Afghanistan went away with a bronze medal in taekwondo, a sport in which we had a strong medal hope,” wrote Taiwo Gidado in Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper.
“In basketball and the sprints, our athletes were expected to, at least, win a bronze. All hopes were dashed in the few sports in which we competed.”
President Goodluck Jonathan called for a complete overhaul of Nigerian sports administration after the Games, saying the country needed to regain its “past glory”. It was Nigeria’s worst display in the Olympics for 20 years.