If you have been waiting to see African and Commonwealth track queen, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, return to action after fumbling at the just concluded IAAF World Championship in Beijing, China, you may have to wait a little longer, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), confirmed.
The AFN noted yesterday that Okagbare would not be part of its squad to the 11th All Africa Games, which begins tomorrow in Brazzaville, Congo.
During the IAAF Championship in Beijing, not only did she fumble at the medial but also painted a picture of an athlete who is not patriotic. This is one thing many sport-loving Nigerians are yet to forgive her for.
From the podium seven years ago at the same Bird’s Nest Stadium during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, her performance last month was considered a major setback by many Nigerians considering Okagbare’s status in global athletics.
Her failure at the Beijing 2015 World Championship notwithstanding, some Nigerians, especially lovers of athletics, were looking forward to seeing a ‘Born Again’ Okagbare in the All Africa Games in Congo.
The first batch of Team Nigeria’s contingent to Congo left Abuja on Monday, the same day the athletics team returned from IAAF World Championship in Beijing, where Nigeria failed to win any medal.