Nigeria’s foremost 400m runner, Orukpe Erayokan said the recent athletes protest, which disrupted the Athletics Federation of Nigeria trials for the African championships was justified and he has no regrets participating in it.
Orukpe, Henry Okorie, Austin Nwoye were dropped from the Nigerian team to the African championships starting next week in Asaba, Delta State, because of their participation in the protest, which rattled the federation.
“I haven’t been given any reason for my omission from the team list. Whatever the reason I have no regrets participating in the athletes protest.
“We are fighting for our legitimate rights and if I have to do it again I will. They can remove my name all they want from the Nigeria list, it is not the end of the track and field career,” said Orukpe who has the best time in the 400m this season among the Nigerian runners.
Reacting to the development an athletics stakeholder reasoned that those who enabled the leadership of the AFN should take the blame for the stalled progress of Nigerian athletics.
“Those who voted for Ibrahim Gusau did the sports minister force them to do so?
“And those who elected Sunday Adeleye as athletes reps on the board were they blinded. They knew that he wasn’t qualified yet they made him athletes rep. We can only hope that the situation of our track and field will change for the good,” said the coach.