I Will Never Represent Nigeria Again In Any Competition- Mariam Usman

Nigerian weightlifter and representative to the Rio Olympic games Mariam Usman, has said the manner in which she was prepared for the Rio Olympics will make her never to represent Nigeria at international competitions.

The Commonwealth medalist in the +75kg in weightlifting says she was treated better when preparing for the London 2012 games but it was a different thing in the 2016 games.

Mariam who spoke to reporters in the game village said “It is painful to come to the Olympics and see people who are your contemporaries perform better than you; not because you lack the ability but because you were not prepared like them,” she said, while speaking to reporters at the Games Village in Rio.

Mariam added: “For me, it is not just about entering the plane every four years to go to the Olympics. Every athlete you see here wants to step on the podium. If you can’t aim to climb up there, you have no business coming to the Olympics.

I can only consider going to another Olympics if things “change” for the better. But if the status quo remains same, I don’t think I will go to another Olympics again.”

Mariam further lamented on how she was never given proper equipment for the games or prepared with modern equipment.

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