Gold Coast 2018: Omidiran protests exclusion of female athletes
A member of the House Committee on Sports, Honourable Ayo Omidiran, has promised to carry placards in Abuja later this week protesting the exclusion of female table tennis players from the next edition of the Commonwealth Games, slated for the Gold Coast, Australia from April 4 to 15, 2018.
Honourable Omidiran, added her voice to that of five times Nigerian Olympian, Funke Oshonaike and multiple Olympian, Offiong Edem, who were members of the female team excluded from the Team Nigeria Table Tennis squad to the Games. The Sports Ministry had said that, the girls were dropped because of the comparative advantage of the male players to win medals.
The Sports Ministry advised the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation to drop the four women team members that should have been registered for the Games out of the nine slots available to Team Nigeria for the sport. From the Games regulations, Nigeria’s nine slots will be made up of five male and four female players. But as it is, they have been told to forget about the dream of competing at the Gold Coast 2018, as there is no guarantee they were going to win medals for the country.
A visibly miffed Omidiran, stated that, if the Sports Ministry does not rescind the decision to exclude the female table tennis players from the Games, she will be forced to carry placards in Abuja during the week to press home the displeasure of Nigerian women on the visibly marginalization of female athletes from the Commonwealth Games after doing so well to qualify for the Games.
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