Tobi Amusan & Blessing Okagbare confirmed to compete at the All African Games
Two of Nigeria’s best talents who are currently making waves in the World, Blessing Okagbare and Tobi Amusan have confirmed that they will be in Rabat, Morroco for the 2019 All African Games.
Speaking after finishing 3rd in the 100m hurdles event, Tobi Amusan said that next stop for her will be Rabat,Morroco venue for the All African Games.
“I have the All African Games in Rabat. So I will be leaving from here. I have somewhere I have to go then I will head back to Morocco.” she said.
When asked if she is gunning for records at the Games, she said, “I don’t go into a competition focusing on setting a record but I focus on execution and that’s what matters and when I execute my race to the best of my ability every record will go down.”
Speaking on the comment the Perm. Sec of the Ministry of Youth and Sports said concerning “No Morocco, No Olympics” she giggled and said, “That’s not a threat because looking at every athlete that made a comment about the All African Games, we have already the the (Olympic) standard, so that’s not a threat.”
Also confirming her participation during the Birmingham Diamond League was 7-time National Champion and Olympic Silver medalist, Blessing Okagbare when asked whether she will be exempted to take part at the AAG, she replied, .
“Exemption? I wish there was something like exemption for the country. They do not have the culture of sports and on top of that, you force people to do things you don’t care about.”
When asked about her preparations for Doha, she said, “We got the African Games for sure and then the Diamond League final, then we can focus in Doha. Rest, train and prepare for Doha.”
Reacting to her race where she finished 5th in the 200m, she said she expected so much but she is thankful for a healthy meet.
“I expected the race to be extremely much better today. My body was well, everything was okay. My coach was like execute! Execute! I felt like I got out the way he wanted me to get out but I ran out of the curve and I was expecting to get back because usually I don’t rush my races, everyone knows that but the last part of the race wasn’t clean enough. I know I can finish but I’m trying to figure out what really happened.” she said.
Since Okagbare and Amusan have now confirmed their participation, it may also imply that their demands have been met and most likely we will be seeing Ese Brume and Divine Oduduru in action as well. Good luck Champs!