When he broke Frankie Fredericks’ 10 year old African record in 2006, at the IAAF Super Grand Prix in
His time of 9.85 seconds is the current African 100 metre record and the sixth fastest ever in the world? So far, Olusoji Fasuba has not disappointed by winning the 100 metre gold at the just concluded All African Games in
That’s why it’s a dicey bet. That the Ekiti state born athlete of a Jamaican mother may or may not follow in the footsteps of his former compatriot and sprinting role model, Francis Obikwelu, to stop running/competing for Nigeria.
“Why should I not be proud to fly my national flag?: Media reports quoted Fasuba as saying, after criticisms were fired at him for shunning the famous green white green colour flag during his lap of honour. He resorted to subtle diplomacy in explaining why he refused to celebrate his victory with the national flag.
“Knowing the regulation on doping, I had to proceed for the dope test following persistent pressure from one of the officials that I should hurry up. Of course, if I had wasted more time in celebrating with the flag after the race, I would have been punished with a ban or suspension.” But, for many athletics pundits, this was a lame excuse for arrogance. The truth of the matter, others say, lay between the lines of his other statement. “Those who are criticizing me are not more patriotic than me. I am pissed off that for all my efforts, all I get is a paltry N50, 000 from Team
The sprinter also dropped that the feat he performed was on his personal efforts, expressing that nothing came from neither the AFN nor the National Sports Commission. It was a bank who came to his aid.
The athlete has already been summoned by the AFN to explain his actions in
The AFN Technical Director, Sunday Bada, described Fasuba’s action as unpatriotic and the height of indiscipline. “Has Fasuba contributed to the development of athletics in
Inadequacy funds and preparation have been blamed for Team
Although Fasuba took a radical route to express his bitterness, it’s not the first time a Nigerian athlete has registered displeasure with the style of sports administration in
“We are not begging anybody to run for
David Dafiagbon, Gloria Alozie, Francis Obikwelu, and Daniel Igali all have the same things in common; ditching the Nigerian flag for another country in anger over the poor welfare and remuneration of the Nigerian athlete.
”It’s not a good sign at all,” said Tobia Igwe, coach of the Nigerian athletics team; that these star athletes, who could have gone ahead to win the country more glory, now do it well for their newly adopted countries.
At her peak, Mercy Nku once mentioned that she refused the tempting invitation to represent a foreign country with better remunerations package for their athletes. “I love
But, it’s not the same for every athlete who believes the country’s athletics federation makes life difficult for them.
“If I have the opportunity to travel out, I will grab it, and I will prefer the
That’s exactly what a star Nigerian athlete would do when he get fed up with the country’s sports administration. The country has already lost some of its best athletes to more grateful countries. And the list seems to be growing longer by the day.