The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has said he is not in the best position to tell Nigerians how many medals Team Nigeria will win at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Dalung said such a question ought to be directed to the athletes.
Dalung revealed that active preparations for the glamorous sports fiesta started formally this week.
Asked the number of medals Nigerians should expect, he said: “I am not going to be one of the athletes who will beat their chest on the number of medals to win.
“Asking an administrator to predict the number of medals is trying to be more catholic than the Pope.”
While dismissing insinuation that the Treasury Single Account policy of the Federal Government might affect Team Nigeria preparations for the Olympics, Dalung said: “TSA will never pose a challenge to the Team Nigeria participation in Rio Olympics.
“We would not have raised the fund to prosecute some of the sporting activity programmes we have with the TSA.
“It helped mop up funds that we put at their disposal.
“As for the preparation, I can assure you that we are indeed ready and at the stages of moving into camping, which is the final stage before heading to Rio.
“By this weekend, we will head to Philadelphia to assess the state of our athletes who have been camping there.
“Sports is not magic, we can only do our best and leave the rest to God.”