Africa’s queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor is to leave for Congo Brazzaville Thursday to compete for Nigeria in the track and field events of the 11th All Africa Games (AAG) starting this weekend.
After the furore generated by Okagbare’s withdrawal from the 200m and 4x100m events of the last IAAF World Championship in Beijing, China, the double Commonwealth Games sprint gold medalist had planned as no-show for the AAG. This was followed by media reports that she had been banned by the National Sports Commission and AFN from participating in the Rio 2016 Olympics Games. The report has however been proven to be false.
But Okagbare who competed in the 100m event of the IAAF Diamond League in Zurich last Thursday, finishing second behind Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with a 10.98secs, Team Nigeria camp source in Abuja revealed yesterday, is now set to join the country’s last batch of athletes travelling out of the Federal Capital city for Congo this afternoon.
“I can reveal to you that Blessing (Okagbare) will be part of our team travelling to Congo tomorrow (Thursday). She has had a change of heart and is now ready to compete in the 100m, long jump and the 4x100m relay events at the All Africa Games,” reveal the camp source Wednesday. Read more