Cross River state governor,senator Liyel Imoke has hailed IAAF World Championships double medallist, Blessing Okagbare and the rest of the team for delivering on their promise of ending Nigeria‘s medal drought at the championships.
The Nigerian track and field team had promised to win medals at the just ended championships in Moscow,Russia at the dinner to round off the All Nigeria Athletics championships in Calabar last June. At the dinner,Okagbare,who spoke on behalf of her colleagues thanked the governor for his huge support for athletics and promised to put an end to their fruitless journey to the championships.‘I am particularly delighted that the athletes have fulfilled their promise to me.
I want to congratulate Okagbare for winning a silver and a bronze medal. I also want to congratulate the team for the high level of discipline exhibited at the championships‘,said Imoke. The governor is also delighted that the state has continued to provide the lucky charm for Nigeria‘s national teams.
‘We are happy we have been providing the platform for our national teams to excel and have turned Calabar into the sports capital of Nigeria. We have also embarked on a youth and sports development programme that is unprecented in Nigeria.
And the results have started coming in‘,further remarked governor Imoke. Honourable Patrick Ugbe,the state commissioner for sports believes the state is blessed with a visionary leader who is transforming the state.Ugbe is thrilled that the state provided the platform for the AFN to pick the team that ended Nigeria‘s 14 years wait for a medal.
Nigeria last mounted the podium 14 years ago in Seville,Spain at the championships‘s seventh edition. Okagbare‘s silver and bronze medal wins in the long jump and 200m events respectively last week in Moscow at the 14th edition of the championships ensured a reversal in fortunes.