The IAAF World Championships is practically over but Nigeria is yet to register her presence on the medals table.

Barrister Solomon Dalung, the Youth and Sports Minister said the inability of Team Nigeria to win a single medal cannot be detached from the failure to prepare for the future.

“Most of our present elite athletes are fading out of the scene. No matter how long we try to mask it, it will be impossible to cheat nature.”

According to him, “No matter how good an athlete is when he clocks 30, the law of diminishing return will start setting in. So, in such a situation, a replacement plan should be embarked upon in earnest.”

"The emergence of Cote D'ivoire and South Africa in the 100m and 200m recently cannot be far-fetched from their grassroots programs for the future.”

He enjoined state Directors of sports, Federation Presidents, Zonal coordinators, Technical Directors of sports federations and developmental coaches to focus more on unearthing talents who will take over from the present set of athletes.

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