Nigeria’s queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare has assured that team Nigerian will make the nation proud at the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships holding at the Stephen Keshi Township Stadium in Asaba, Delta State from today, August 1 to Sunday, August 5.
The African championship which will see the continent’s top athletes competing for glory and also will be used to select Africa’s team to the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup holding in Ostrava, Czech Republic, from September 8 to 9, 2018.
The South African duo of Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk, both Olympics and World Champions, will also be inducted alongside Nigeria’s Olusoji Fasuba amongst others.
Okagbare,who is holds an Olympic and World Championships medalist in the long jump, a world medalist in the 200 metres and holds the Women’s 100 metres Commonwealth Games record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds. She is expected to lead Divine Ejowvokoghene Oduduru, Tobi Amusun and 95-member Nigerian team for the 21st CAA African Senior Athletics Championships on home soil.
While speaking on the facilities at the stadium, the former African champions commended the level of development at the tracks and urged Nigerians to come out in their numbers and throw their weight behind the team.
“This is a good development, this is so nice, at least our family can support us, and this is very great. They might not make it here but at least on television. However, it still remains a competition, it has a different feeling but we will still put our best in as you cannot just stop where you are. This is a great facility; I was blown away on stepping here. Considering they had a short time to put this together and they did a great job,” she said
Meanwhile,Divine Odurudu five-time African Junior Champion said that he is fully ready to bring his best to the track and field events.
‘’They should be expecting my best, I am here to put in my best that is all I can do and see what my best gets me,’’ he stated.
IAAF President, Sebastian Coe, with 11 officials of the world athletics governing body are expected to be at the opening ceremony later today.
South Africa are the defending champions of the African Senior Athletics having hosted and won the last edition on home soil in Durban.
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