Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Olympic Q&A

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Olympic Q&A

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Byline: Dami Bakare

Britain are bottom of their group and playing for pride against Argentina tonight but Bakare is just glad to be at the Games after the team's funding was cut.

?What was a realistic goal for Team GB heading into the Games? Looking at the way the groups were decided, we thought we could get through qualifying and into the quarter-finals. We knew we were underdogs.

?The word legacy has been used repeatedly with the Olympics. Is volleyball one of the sports that can leave a genuine legacy? The guys and I have talked about that a lot. It's part of our goal to show how the sport has progressed. Hopefully we can show people how hard we've worked and what a good sport this is.

?What do you love about the sport? I've known a lot of the guys since I was 16 or 17 years old and feel like we've grown up with each other. There's a real family feel to the sport. There's so much off the court as well -- it's just a great experience. We're always trying to get better and we're pushing to do that all the time.

?What's your role in the team -- is it to take all the glory? I'm the crazy guy who hits the ball as hard as possible. It's a glory role.

?You guys are the real underdogs in that you had your funding cut. How tough has that been and have you been scraping the barrel? It was a shock when we heard about the funding cut. It was tough for things such as travelling to matches.

We've stayed at some less-good places but we're happy just to be playing. We just make do with what we have and try to be as successful as we can.

?You're a Londoner. Where did you grow up? I was born in Nigeria but came over to London when I was one. I initially lived in the south east of London and my family now live in the south west of the capital.

?So did your dad's work bring you over here? I don't know the full details, actually. …

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