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Enthusiasts Want Okagbare -Ighoteguonor On IAAF Athletes Commission

Posted: Jul 16, 2015 at 12:56 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Sports’ enthusiasts on Wednesday expressed their happiness at the nomination of Okagbare-Ighoteguonor to run for one of the six seats in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletes Commission.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that she deserved to win the seat, noting that she had been consistent in participating in international competitions, especially the IAAF Diamond Leagues.



Tobias Igwe, a renowned athletics coach, said that it was a good development that she was selected, noting that it was the dream of any coach to have his or her athlete performing well.

“She has attained a very good height in athletics and she is educated, so I see no reason why she cannot compete for any position.

“Okagbare is a front line athlete and she is running a good time, she is one of the most outstanding athletes. We are happy,” he said.

Igwe said that Okagbare-Ighoteguonor had a better edge because of her education, talent and charisma.

“The position entails being a good representative and one should be able to withstand pressure both academically and otherwise,” he said.

Also, Kayode Yaya, an athletics coach at the University of Benin, said that Okagbare-Ighoteguonor deserved to be among the six that would be picked.

“She deserves all the good things that come her way, she has done the country proud; she has given much, judging by her background.

“She is one of the few that has achieved all the features, in this present day, where everything is moving very fast, she has found her feet among the first five in the world.

“She is very consistent and we are supporting her,” he said.

Tunde Suleiman, a jumps coach, also applauded the initiative, describing her as an athlete who was always putting in her best.

“She deserves to be among the six athletes to be on the IAAF Athletes’ Commission. She is a committed athlete,” he said.

Okagbare-Ighoteguonor won gold medal in the 200m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

She also won a bronze medal in the long jump at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Okagbare-Ighoteguonor was among the quartet that won gold in the women’s 4x200m at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas.

She also won gold in the 100m at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games held in 2013.

The athlete returned the time of 10.87 seconds at the Eugene Diamond League.

Okagbare-Ighotegunor and Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya are the only two Africans among the 16 names on the list.

The six elected members of the commission will begin their mandate on Jan.1, 2016.