The President of Nigeria Aquatic Federation, (NAF) Babatunde Fatai-Williams, has said that Nigeria swimmers will not feature in the 2018 Commonwealth Games due to the fact that body is not ready for the challenge.
Fatai-Williams, who confirmed this while addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, said that the swimmers were not well groomed to compete at such international events.
His words, “Apart from paucity of funds, we are not participating at the 2018 Commonwealth Games because our athletes have not been prepared to be able to compete and win medals at such an international tournament.
“The Commonwealth Games feature many swimmers who are world-class, picking a medal alongside such athletes requires adequate preparation”.
“However, it would have been really good if some of our swimmers were given the opportunity to observe the 2018 edition of the Games in preparation for subsequent international events,” he said.
“The federation is already preparing their athletes to be more competitive and be in line for medals at future international events.
“Development of any sport is done through the states and in the swimming sport we are now toeing that development line”
“We are working closely with the state swimming associations to discover and develop new talents and potential athletes who can win medals.
“We will also endeavour to have grassroots and national competitions, through which we will also focus more on ensuring that athletes acquire modern skills to help them compete at international events,” he concluded.