By Ben Efe
Junior athlete Ese Brume watched from the standards of the Warri Township stadium as the events of the African Youth Athletics championships unfolded yesterday. She was one of Nigeria’s brightest hopes for a medal, but sadly she was dropped at the last minute for being over the age limit.
The University of Benin undergraduate flashed a smile when she was approached for her comments. For her it was like life goes on, but she regretted that she was dropped from the team.
“I don’t know why they dropped me. If it is because of age, I am sure I am not the only athletes in camp over the age category.
“However, I am not bother I am out of the championships even as I badly wanted to compete. But this is not the end of the road for me. I will train hard for other junior championships,” said the long jumper who is eying to make Olympics history like Chioma Ajunwa and Blessing Okagbare.
Athletics Federation of Nigeria member and camp commandant of the Nigerian team Jide Josiah stated that the athlete was not eligible to participate in the championships.
“She came into the team because she was allowed to participate at the trials. She was screened out at the 2012 D.K Olukoya championships. We have to drop her even as some people wanted her in because she can win gold for us.
“We do not want to win by default,” said Josiah adding that all other athletes in the team are under the age category.”