Olympics: Nigeria Canoeist Akinyemi Stranded In Germany

Olympics: Nigeria Canoeist Akinyemi Stranded In Germany

By James Agberebi:

Nigeria canoe slalom athlete, Johny Akinyemi, will miss his first official training which starts today, Monday, ahead of the commencement of the Rio Olympic Games as he is currently stranded in Frankfurt airport in Germany and has no clue when he will get to Rio.


Akinyemi made his ordeal known in a telephone chat with the BBC, which Completesportsnigeria.com monitored on Monday.

“At the moment I’m stuck in Frankfurt airport,” Akinyemi said. “We flew from Manchester to Frankfurt and we had a connecting flight off to Rio because official training at the Olympics starts today for the canoe.

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“But the Manchester flight was delayed and we missed the connecting flight which now kind of leaves us stranded, basically all the flights to Rio. We are just waiting and hoping that in the next few days everything will be resolved.

“Officially training starts today and I’ve already lost today’s training. It’s not a good situation, getting stuck in Frankfurt, waiting to get to Rio.

“Water time is very crucial. You spend so many hours studying the river. It’s a kind of sport that is very crucial. I’m a kind of a control freak. And if anything in your control goes wrong, you just don’t know what’s going to happen. You are kind of on the back foot,” he added.

Akinyemi, who also represented Nigeria at the London 2012 Olympics, however expressed confidence that the situation will not derail his chances at the games.

“I believe I can bounce back from this, it’s just a setback.”

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