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Nigeria is a lost country – says Olusoji Fasuba
- Nigeria is a lost country - says Olusoji Fasuba
Nigeria’s last hope for a medal at the IAAF World Championships, which ended yesterday in Beijing, China, came crashing as the country’s 4x400m Women’s relay team gave their all but could only finish 5th in Sunday’s final.
The quartet of Regina George, Funke Oladoye, Tosin Adeloye and Patience Okon ran the second fastest time in the semi-finals; and many were hopeful they could nick a medal in Sunday’s final.
However, that was not the case as Jamaica saw off the fierce contest from USA to win gold while the Americans settled for the silver and Great Britain headed home with Bronze in the 4x400m Women’s event.
The finishing time of 3:25.11secs posted by Nigeria could only see them pick 5th spot.
Shortly after the great disapointment, UK based Nigerian ‘Olusoji Fasuba’ who is Africa’s fastest man ever, also lent his voice to the growing debate.
Fasuba, writing on his facebook page, queried the investment made by the AFN on athletes whose best returns so far have been just in the African championships.
“Nigerian athletics has finally become a place where dreams are reduced to African championship and those that they deem can’t make a future thrown aside. But those thrown aside are taken at a young age by other countries and turned to world class in a couple of years.( unlike us who buy retired 100m runners to try and develop).
“When a country like Kenya can produce world champions in the 400m hurdles, then hope is not lost for Africa.
“But when a country like Nigeria thinks African championship is the ultimate of all ultimate because they refuse to give or have faith in their athletes at the world stage. Then my people we are lost as a country. How can my nation Nigeria move forward when they limit the abilities of the male sprinters by keeping them because they feel that they wouldn’t get a medal.
Going forward, Fasuba has promised to proffer ‘solutions’ in due course.
“I would put a suggestion that can or might help the people in charge to help athletics back home. It doesn’t need everybody to be there to do it,” the now British soldier stated.
While Nigeria licks her wounds of another poor show at the world stage, Kenya finished tops of the medal standings with 16 medals; seven of which were gold. Jamaica emerged second while the United States came third.