I’m not dumping Nigeria – Okagbare


Embattled African queen of the tracks, Blessing Okagbare, has stated that she is not contemplating dumping Nigeria for another country despite her poor outing and the controversy that surrounded her performance at the just concluded World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

The double Commonwealth Games champion finished last in the 100m final and controversially missed out on the 200m event claiming a hamstring injury which later generated a lot of remarks after it was discovered that she had an altercation with some officials of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria.

The Delta-State born sprinter further fuelled the controversy with her ranting on her facebook page where she slammed her critics and journalists. One of her fans on facebook Abiodun Bakare on Wednesday urged her to dump Nigeria for another country saying, “Blessing why not naturalise to another country where you can achieve all the success in you because I believe you are better than those Jamaicans. What you need is just support.”

Okabare however replied with excitement, reiterating her commitment to Nigeria. “Thanks for making me laugh. I understand what you are saying perfectly, but I have made my vows to stay with Nigeria no matter the circumstances. It is hard though but I have come too far to give up,” she added.

The 26-year old completed a disappointing Championship on Sunday in China by losing out in the race for a place on the IAAF Athletes Commission.

Okagbare who could only muster 424 votes thereby placing 11th and five places below the cut-off was among the 16 candidates who put their names forward for the six places on offer, with all 1,873 athletes accredited for t h e IAAF World Championships eligible to vote.

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