Essilfie labels pressure to win medals as ‘technically bankrupt’

Ghana’s Chef de Mission for the Olympic Games, Chris Essilfie has hit out at criticism of the country’s poor showing at the games thus far.

Judoka Szandra Szogedi was knocked out of the games on Tuesday, only a day after 14-year-old swimmer Kaya Adwoa Forson was also eliminated after failing to qualify from the Women’s 200m freestyle.

However, the GOC has consistently insisted their focus for going to the games was not to win medals.

And after the poor showing so far, many have questioned the decision to send athletes to the games if they had no chance of winning medals.

“I have heard many people making that statement and I think is technically bankrupt,” Essilfie told Ultimate FM.

“I think is intellectually fatal as well. Those comments are blanket statement and emotional destructive.

“We have not invested enough in them [athletes] we should not put unnecessary pressure on them.”

“Nigerians have about at least 77 people qualifying. They have invested so much money.

“In the last three to four years, our federation president has been lamenting over lack of finances and fears we might take part of the games. No one talks about it. The only time we hear people talk about medals is when the games are drawing close.
“When we left London 2012, we should have been yelling about investing rather than talking about medals,’ he said.


By: Ghana/ Amoah