Blessing Okagbare Banned from Competing at Rio 2016 Olympics


Powerful Nigerian sprinter and Commonwealth queen of tracks, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, has been banned by the National Sports Commission (NSC) and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN). This is because she appeared at the Zurich Diamond League on Thursday, a few days after she failed to run for Nigeria in the 200m event at the just concluded IAAF World Championship in Beijing, China.

According to Guardian, Okagbare was Team Nigeria’s medal hope at the IAAF Championship in Beijing but she fumbled in the 100m final, finishing last, and also failed to show up for the 200m event four days later, despite appearing in the warm up area.

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The Commonwealth queen of tracks, claimed injury amid criticisms from some Nigerians.

In spite of the uproar, Okagbare shocked the sporting circle a few days ago, when she announced she will not be representing Team Nigeria for the 11th All Africa Games in Congo, an action which AFN and NSC finds unpatriotic.

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