An anonymous writer
responded to my report titled: “Fooling Nigerians in the Olympic spirit” of
Tuesday, 24th July, 2012 where he or she wrote, “Get your facts
straight. Esther Obiekwe selflessly gives of her time and money to support
youth running and develop distance running in Nigeria. She is a wonderful human
being and the best of Nigeria. She was ASKED to participate as a NON QUALIFIED
athlete (each federation can enter one non qualified athlete) as a means to
develop youth female distance running. She was to pay her own way to London,
100% of the costs being borne privately. AFN did not pay a single naira for her
to go. Why do you attack someone like this? Get your facts straight.”
Athletics will start and I
insist that Esther Obiekwe will NOT compete. She is not registered, she is not
accredited and she is not in the Games Village. Her name is not on the list.
Given the IAAF rules, the
anonymous writer tried to misinform me and my avid readers with a jaundiced
rule read and interpreted upside down. It is only nations who do not have
athletes with the A or B standards who can present athletes.
Incidentally, three events
are NOT allowed to present such athletes. These include Marathon, 10,000m or
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports asserted that some Nigerian athletics officials have gotten some funds from Fidelity Bank Plc where Esther works with some promises that she will run in the Olympics. Now, she's not running. Where in the integrity of the Federation they have used for such a foolery.
Tomorrow, they will go on radio, papers and TV asking companies in the private sector to sponsor and fund sports. With these type of ugly corrupt attitude where will companies come to support our sports?