-Oduduru out of 200m Final
By Bobby Charles, in South Africa
Some of Africa’s best track and field stars are missing in the ongoing CAA 20th African Senior Championship in Durban,
South Africa and the president of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Solomon Ogba, has unequivocally pointed an
accusing finger on the Local Organising Committee for the absence of some A-list athletes, Newslegend.com.ng reports.
Ogba bared his mind to journalists as he defended the absence of Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare and some other stars who
would have lit the Championship.
Ogba insisted that Okagbare did no pull out of the Championship for personal reasons as but was unable to take part in
the Championship for no fault of hers.
The AFN president insisted the LOC failed to issue visas to some of the continent’s top athletes, including Okagbare.
“Okagbare wanted to come but there was no way for her to get visa,” he said.
“More than 10 African top athletes who excelled at the last World Championship are not in Durban, due to visa issue.
“Even during a meeting with the LOC, the Ghanaian Federation expressed their displeasure, because for them to bring
their athletes to Durban, they have to fly them to Ghana and issued them service visas.”
Ogba advised the Confederation of African Athletics to make sure that further hosts of the competition allow for
athletes to get their visa at the point of entry so that more athletes can be part of future competitions.
Meanwhile, former junior international, Divine Oduduru, hope of winning medal at the championship was dashed on Saturday
after sustaining an injury.
The World Junior Championship silver medalist ran the second fastest time of the semifinal, and was expected to be on
the podium on Sunday to increase the country’s medals haul.
In some of the final day events, Tameka Jameson will be up against South African’s Wenda Nel in the women’s 400m hurdles
final for the gold medal, while Doreen Amata will be looking forward to the high jump women title.
Adams Kure will be competing in the men’s javelin throw final with Chioma Onyekwere competing in the women’s shot put
Team Nigeria will cap the day with the 4x400m women final as they look forward to defend their title.
Nigeria is third on the medal table with four gold, two silver and five bronze medals behind host South Africa and Kenya
in first and second position respectively.