Rio Olympics: Nigerian Athletes Cry for help
Nigerian- Venezuelan athlete, Regina George just yesterday created a GoFundMe account to solicit for funds to get her in Rio.
The athlete stated ‘’I just been told that we will have to pay our own way to the Olympics this year. Sadly this is such short notice for me to come up with the money. They also promised a refund but I’m still waiting for many refunds promised in the past.’’
The track star who is fondly known as @DivaOnTheTrack on twitter will be making her second trip to the Olympics. With the first been London 2012 where she competed in the 400m. Regina George has now become a trend on twitter with reactions coming from people as to why she should fund herself to the Olympics.
‘’I been through a lot of obstacles this year and through it all I made my SECOND Olympic team. I don’t want to stop now after I earned a spot to represent my country in the Olympics. Any donation will help my situation’’ she said.
Regina switched nationality to Nigeria in 2012 fand prior to her change, she was on the USA team to the 2010 World Junior in Canada.
Since then she hasn’t looked back as she has represented Nigeria in multiple competitions including the 2013 Moscow World Championships and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. She was part of the team that won the Gold medal at the 2015 IAAF World Relays in Nassau andthe Silver medal at 2016 African Senior Championships.
Her goal is to reach $4,000 but as at press time she has gotten $3,604 which is quite impressive as the former 400m national champion only created the account yesterday.
To help regina go to https://www.gofundme.com/2fujh98
2016 National Champion and Record Holder in 110m hurdles also created an account on GoFundMe as his goal is to get $5,000.
The athlete who made his second appearance at The All Nigeria Championships in Sapele a few weeks ago won the title in a blazing time of 13.27s automatically qualifying for the Olympics. The Mississippi University graduate will be hoping to make his debut appearance for his new country, Nigeria.
Hicks until 2014 was an American athlete who became the first USA hurdler to win the 110m hurdles at The World Junior Championships, he achieved this feat in 2002 in Keginston, Jamaica. He was twice NCAA Indoor champion in the 60m hurdles. He has a personal best of 13.09s
Hicks aim for setting up the account might initially not be to buy a ticket because here’s what he wrote;
‘’ I have finally fulfilled my lifelong dream of becoming an Olympian. This is a journey that I have been on for 12 years ever since my first Olympic trials in 2004. My wife and I have been funding my Olympic run this year but I have exhausted my funds while going around the world chasing the standard and I am seeking help from all of my supporters to help me finish my journey. I am in need of funding to cover training costs so I can be at my best to win a medal in Rio.’’
Well now his funds will now have to include a ticket to the Olympics in Rio and from his $5,000 goal As at the time of filing this report, he has only been able to raise $2,740.
African Champion, Okwelogu Nwanneka, who has done so well for herself and for Nigeria this year with her best been winning a medal at The African Senior Championships in June. The athlete who specializes in throws has also followed the foot step of other Nigerian athlete as she created a GoFundMe account on Tuesday, 22nd of July after she received a message that she would have to fund herself.
Okwelogu, 2016 discus gold medalist has launched a seven thousand dollar ($7,000) campaign to enable her participate at Rio Olympics.
Nigeria fastest man, Seye Ogunlewe has also been active on social media especially twitter with his handle; @Seyeogunlewe and he has been ranting on the sudden development and also begging corporate bodies like Olympic Milk, GT Bank, First Bank, Skye Bank, Dangote, Glo amongst others to come to the aid of Nigerian athletes.
With less than 3 weeks to the commencement of the Olympics, Nigerian athletes have not found their feet. We only hope that things will get better one day.
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