Nigeria’s 100m and 4x100m track star, Agnes Osazuwa has attributed the feat of Team Nigeria on the just concluded X1X Commonwealth Games in India to the collective determination of the team. She told okenaijaathletics.blogsport in a chat that though it was painful to her not to win a medal, she was sure it’s all in the process of her getting to the top.
“As regards the Commonwealth Games that ended some weeks back, the determination of the Team Nigeria should really be commended because it worked for us. Though I did not win any medal and despite all that happened I give God all the praise. It was a bit painful, but I believe its all in the process of getting me to the top for greatness.”
Taking a look at Nigeria’s athletics in 2010 season, the Edo born, Oyo state and Europe base sprinter said it was not a bad outing for the country’s athletes in the junior and senior level as the team traveled to championships and made the country proud with their outings, giving instance to the country’s participation in the IAAF Junior Athletics championship in Canada, the Africa Senior Championship in Kenya, the youth Olympics in Singapore, the Continental Cup in Croatia where some of our athletes where in Team Africa, the U-23 ECOWAS Games in Abuja and the Commonwealth Games in India, she said kudos should be given to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) board, led by Solomon Ogba for giving Nigeria athletes the opportunity to participate in all the championships that took place this year while also saying sports administrators in Nigeria should put in more to assists the athletes, both foreign and local.
“I will say that 2010 has been good for Nigeria athletics so far, we have never had it so good, attending all the major championships of the year, kudos should be given to the AFN for a job well done. We had the opportunity to compete in all the championships, unlike before where they will say there is no money for such championships.
“With the commitment we have had so far, if more assistance is given to us, both foreign and local athletes, 2011 will be Nigeria’s year in athletics.”
Speaking on 2011, Osazuwa said, “By God’s grace 2011, will definitely be a year to watch, for especially with the world championships and the all African games, which is a step away from the Olympics. All been said, my training just got a bit upscale to prepare for the challenges ahead.”
Agnes Osazuwa left the shores of Nigeria for Europe on Wednesday