By Morakinyo Abodunrin
With all eyes set on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Nigeria’s national men’ basketball team otherwise known as D’Tigers alongside sprinters Blessing Okagbare and Ese Brume are being tipped for podium finish in Japan.
Influential British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) explained that African runners are well known for their Olympic dominance of middle and long-distances, while acknowledging a strong showing of some African athletes to compete in the five new events added to the Tokyo Olympics including surfing, sport climbing, baseball/softball, skateboarding and karate.
Meanwhile, Okagbare , a silver medal winner in the long jump event is being tipped to shine in the women’s 100m event in Tokyo based on her antecedents.
Though the 32-year-old did not win a medal at 2016 Rio Olympics, observers believed she can ruffle feathers based on her season’s Personal Best record of 10.89 secs.
Still staying with athletics, 25-year-old Brume is mentioned as one of the Africans to cause a stir in her women’s long jump event.
“Ese Brume is one of three African women jumpers to exceed 7m.” noted BBC.
Yet the D’Tigers who secured Africa’s only automatic berth for Tokyo at the 2019 FIBA World Cup, are regarded a medal candidate following their impressive build up en route to Tokyo as they beat bot the USA and Argentina in exhibition matches in Las Vegas.