The five-time Nigerian table tennis gold medalist for all African games, Offiong Edem, called for the need for more encouraging comments and actions towards Nigerian athletes.
Offiong Edem, 34, who in table tennis beat his Hungarian counterpart Madarasz before losing to Zhang of the United States in the second round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics when asked how the athletes cope with the pressure Nigerians during a conversation with Brila. .net said that the pressure, criticism and condemnation faced by athletes in Nigeria is sometimes very bad when athletes do not perform well in tournaments, they should be encouraged.
She added. Sometimes when an athlete loses people will say that if an athlete is not very strong mentally that athlete might start to think differently because they don’t know what the athletes are going through.
She also pointed out the possible fact that in the mind of an athlete participating in a tournament, there might be concerns about the criticism that this athlete might face from some Nigerian fans and that the federation is affecting the athletes.
She called for more support and encouragement for Nigerian federation athletes as well as Nigerian fans.
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