Former quarter miller and Olympian, Fatimat Yusuf-Olukoju has condemned the selection of wrestler Odunayo Adekuoroye as Nigeria’s flag bearer for Friday’s opening ceremony of the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including no Workforce Nigeria athlete is deserving of such accountability than Blessing Okagbare.
Fatimat, the primary African girl to run beneath 50 secs within the 400 meters together with her 49.43 secs effort on the 1995 African Championship, mentioned Okagbare has the very best credentials amongst the athletes in Tokyo,saying each the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) in addition to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) ought to have pushed for the selection of Okagbare based mostly on her previous performances within the colors of the nation.”
Is Blessing not deserving sufficient or worthy to be the Nigerian flag bearer on the Tokyo Olympics in any case she has achieved for Nigeria in athletics?” queried Fatimat who received the 4 x 400 metres Silver medal together with Bisi Afolabi, Charity Opara and Falilat Ogunkoya on the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Video games. “All of us want to begin asking our leaders and people who arrived at this determination questions.”
Do they not know all her (Okagbare)achievements within the area of athletics over time? l marvel what standards was used to have ignored her for the position because the nation’s flag bearer.”
The Us-based former African file holder was of the opinion that the choice to not think about Blessing is a sign that authorities officers and sports activities directors are usually not introspect when arriving at a few of their selections.
“I need to state clearly that I’m not being sentimental however simply stating the plain,” she affirmed. “Blessing ought to have been given the honour on the twilight of her profession since this seems to be her final Olympics.
“Giving her the position of the flag bearer would have introduced smiles to her face, a method of claiming ‘thanks and good bye’.
“Not giving her this explicit position I not one of the simplest ways to deal with your heroes, absolutely, Blessing deserves a greater therapy,” Fatimat famous.