Olympics: Okagbare Leads Team Nigeria’s Fight For Medals
By Lekan Sowande.
Blessing Okagbare’s experience and bright performances will be a tonic to the track and field athletes of Team Nigeria when they begin competing from the July 30th.
Alongside Blessing Okagbare are Eleven other athletes namely: Oluwatobi Amusan; Ese Brume; Divine Oduduru; Grace Nwokocha;Chukwuebuka Enewechi; Enoch Adegoke; Usheoritse Itshekiri; Patience Okon George; Imaobong Uko and Emmanuel Ojeli.
Favour Ofili and Ruth Usoro, both US based NCAA collegiate athletes, came into the Nigerian Olympics radar late in the qualifiers. They have completed two of the three mandatory out of competition tests (OCT) required, and are awaiting final clearance.
Ten Nigerian athletes, most of whom are alternates who have not fulfilled the three mandatory OCT tests required, are in the process of taking their tests. They must take the final tests one day before competition. The process to get them tested has since been activated by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).
Athletics will commence on Friday, July 30 and Team Nigeria athletes are putting finishing touches to their preparation.