I Cannot, And Shall Not, Celebrate This Bronze! –Odegbami

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I am an Olympian to the core.

I went to two Olympics. The first was boycotted at the last minute by African countries.

At the second, I was Nigeria’s flag bearer, overall captain of the contingent as well as captain of the national football team, the Green Eagles.

I served as Vice-President of the apex body for Nigerian Olympians for several years, and as an athlete-representative for two athletes that won Silver and Gold at the Olympics games.

So, I write this with some authority in the field of measuring success in sport.

That’s why the motto of the international sports academy that I set up some 12 years ago is ‘to be the best that I can be’.

I was never told throughout my career, and I have not heard it said by successful athletes or countries or teams, that success can come from aiming lower than the top of the pyramid.

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In the process of aiming for Gold, you could end up with a Silver or a Bronze medal, and celebrate it knowing that you have given your…



Source: Complete Sports