Mariam Usman, the only weightlifter that represented Nigeria at Rio has said she has lost the urge to represent Nigeria at international events.
Mariam, a Commonwealth medalist in the 75kg in weightlifting,Â left Nigeria for Brazil,Â Â knowing fully well that winning a medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics would be a tough call.
She would not pretend to be a magician nor claim perfection where there is none. Usman believes one can only reap where one sows.
She competed in the 75 category, amassed 265 kg and finished 8th in her group. While speaking to reporters at the Games Village in Rio, Usman said:
â€œIt is painful to come to the Olympics and see people who are your contemporaries perform better than you; not because you lack the ability but because you were not prepared like them,â€ she said.
â€œFor me, it is not just about jumping unto the plane every four years to go to the Olympics. Every athlete you see here wants to step on the podium. If you canâ€™t aim to climb up there, you have no business coming to the Olympics. I can only consider going to another Olympics if things change for the better. But if the statues quo is maintained, I donâ€™t think I will go to another Olympics again.â€
She said training for the Rio Olympics was non-existent while her counterparts from other countries who are competing here in Brazil have been training for three to four years.
â€œOlympic gold medal doesnâ€™t come cheap. It is painful that one has to suffer and when competition comes they expect you to win a medal with your blood. â€œThe people you have to compete with had everything they needed: training grants, competitions and are exposed to the most modern equipment. I had nothing. You donâ€™t expect such people who have invested so much to lose to one who donâ€™t even train adequately.â€
The African champion said before the 2012 Olympics, she had better training than she did this time.
â€œYes, I feel 2012 was better. I had better training and my result was better. This time nothing was done to better oneâ€™s performance.â€