Olympic women 4x100m bronze medalist, Franca Idoko is making a comeback after a two year break to answer the call of matrimony and motherhood.
Petite Idoko was knocked off the shelve by fellow athlete, Uche Isaac after helping Nigeria to win bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. But now Idoko said she and her husband are training hard toÂ make a return with the world indoor championships in Doha, Qatar.
Idoko-Isaac as she is now referred, said that she had lost a lot of ground having been home taking care of the two people in her life, However, the Benue-born athlete who is based in Dusseldorf, Germany said that she is picking up the pieces and working hard to shake off the rustiness.
â€œIf you leave athletics, it leaves you. I was getting lazy because this is the build up period from September to December but so far so good, everything has been so good.
â€œI have a coach in Germany by the name of Frank Duka that prepares a programme for me. We have a coach in Nigeria that we use whenever we are around too.
â€œI ran well in 2008 and I hope to do the same this year. I know itâ€™s not going to be easy but I have to come back to it, to tell myself I can do it.â€
Idoko-Isaac was hot in the 2008 season, she was the 60m world leader with a time of 7.09 ahead of the indoor World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain. Idoko was hot favourite to win the gold, but she got stuck on the board and she placed seventh.
However, she made amends with the Nigeria 4x100m at the Beijing 2008 Games where along side Oludamola Osayomi, Gloria Kemasuode, Halimat Ismaila and reserve Agnes Osazuwa, worked their way to the bronze. It was one highlight of Nigeriaâ€™s participation at the Games. Blessing Okagbare won a bronze medal in the long jump.