Athletics Federation of Nigeria officials, have refused to come to terms with the fact that Blessing Okagbare cannot be in Doha to represent Nigeria at the World Indoors Championships, billed for March 12-13.
Okagbare would be engaged on that same weekend at the National Collegiate Athletics Association championships with the University of Texas. But AFN technical and performance director, Sunday Bada submitted thatÂ Okagbare is Nigeriaâ€™s best chance of winning a medal and therefore efforts are being made to have her travel to Qatar to vie for honors.
â€œWe are aware that Okagbare has NCAA engagements. Efforts are being made to have her come over for the WIC,â€ said Bada who won gold in the menâ€™s 400m at the 1997 edition in Paris, France.
Okagbare is the leading Nigerian woman in the 60m dash.. On February 5 she ran 7.22 seconds and leapt 6.70 on the boards this season, Okagbare is fifth on the IAAF world list going into the Doha Indoors.
However, Bada said that the Federation is banking on the trio of Olusoji Fasuba, Ogho-oghene Egworo and Peter Emelizie to do well in Doha.
Emelizie ran 6.61 on February 13 to overshadow Egworo and James Phiri all who had the African leading time of 6.62. Defending champion FasubaÂ made no improvement to his 6. 67 seconds, while London based Hakeem Oguyemi and Oyeabor Nworgu have done no more than 6.70 seconds.