Silver medalist in the women’s 4x100m at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Franca Idoko, has begged the Nigeria Olympic Committee to give her and her teammates the silver medal they won at the Games.
The women’s 4x100m relay team, who initially won bronze at the Beijing Olympics, had their medal upgraded to silver in 2016 after Russia, who placed second were stripped of the silver.
According to Yulia Chermoshanskaya, who was part of Russia’s women’s 4x100m team failed tests for steroids stanozolol and turinabol after new technology was applied.
Aside Idoko, the other members of the relay team are Gloria Kemasuode, Halimat Ismaila, Oludamola Osayomi and Agnes Osazuwa.
In a video she posted on Facebook, Idoko said five years after their bronze medal was upgraded to silver medal, they were yet to receive it.
“As you can see, I still have my bronze medal, which now belongs to Team Brazil because they automatically became third. But I still have it because the Nigeria Olympic Committee has refused to give us our silver medal and I don’t know why,” Idoko said in the video.
“I am doing this video not because I want anything from them but my silver medal. I want them to please send it to me anyhow they want to send it because it’s been since 2016 and it’s a long time. Other countries have received their own, I don’t know why we are yet to receive our silver medal.”
She said she hoped with the Olympics taking place, the NOC would be able to collect their medals and send to them.
“I am making this video now because I know that the NOC (members) are all in Tokyo for the Olympics and it’s the best time for them to meet with the appropriate authorities, may be the International Olympic Committee, so they can collect our medals and bring them for us.
“We are begging them, please give us our silver medal, we worked for it. I worked in the snow, in the rain, in the sun for that medal, I deserve to have a hold of it, please Nigeria, we are begging please give us our silver medal,” she added.
Efforts to speak with Public Relations Officer of the NOC, Femi Adetula proved abortive as his number was switched off as at press time. Also, a text message sent to his line did not deliver.
Organisers Explain 2021 NSF Postponement
According to a statement by the Festival Secretary, Peter Nelson, and addressed to all Commissioners of Sports and Directors of Sports, the postponement was at the request of the host, Delta State.
“I wish to convey the request of Delta State Government to shift the date of the 21st National Sports Festival earlier scheduled to hold from November 2 to 15, 2022.
“It is now shifted to start on November 28 to December 10, 2022.
“The reason for the postponement is to give Delta State more time to complete some of the facilities needed for the festival,” the statement reads.
It will be recalled that the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival held in Benin City, Edo State, which was tagged: “Edo 2020,” also suffered several postponements until it finally held from April 2 to 14.
Nigeria Must Embrace Grassroots Sports Dev – Amusan
Speaking in Lagos at a dinner organised in her honour by The Plug, an entertainment firm, tagged ‘Tobi Amusan’s Homecoming,’ she blamed the exodus of the Nigeria’s top athletes to other countries to what such nations offer the athletes.
“Grassroots sports development is something we lack here and the reason we often lose our top athletes to other countries of the world.
“From my experience training in the United States, if we can have such development here, we can groom young talents and unearth more Tobi Amusans,” she said.
On the recent ratification of her record by World Athletics, Amusan said: “That my world record was ratified by the world body means that I am drug free and that I am clean. I feel great about it. Every time I am on the track, my eyes are always set on how to win and I execute it by winning.”
She also spoke on the recent reception by the Federal Government, saying, “It is great feeling that we were recognised by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In as much as we did the work, it was an honour that they took into account and they recognised the fact that we did the nation proud. It is such a great feeling getting the national honour.”
She acknowledged the support she got after her world record feat, with her followers on Twitter rising from 3000 to 150,000 under 24 hours, saying it showed that people appreciate what she is doing.
On the criticism by men’s 400 metres world record holder, Michael Johnson, after her record breaking race in Oregon, U.S, Amusan said she was not bothered. “Honestly, I kept doing my thing because after the World Championships, I had other competitions to attend. I don’t dwell on negativity… I look on the bright side of the sport.”
At the event, Flutterwave, which used the occasion to declare it has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Amusan, said: “It is very difficult to find athletes who embody our core values the way Tobi does.”
YSFON : Academy Coach Begs For Assistance
He said that his team was representing Rivers state at the ongoing Chief of Naval Staff National (YSFON) Competition in Ilorin, Kwara State. He said he had written a letter to the Ministry of Sports and also to some private individuals for assistance.
King made the assertion on Saturday in an exclusive interview with Tidesports in Port Harcourt before leaving for Kwara state.
According to him he had nothing to do than to borrow money for the journey believing that when the State’s Commissioner for Sports sees the letter he would not fail to respond to it.
“ As you can see, my boys are ready for the competition but we lack support.
“ I have written to the Ministry of Sports and also to some private individuals to assist us but I have not gotten any reply, yet.
By: Kiadum Edookor
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