Rejected in Nigeria, current Asia's fastest Runner returns; grooms, rewards athletes

By Editor on 05/10/2015

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 959


Asia’s fastest man, Femi Ogunode has declared that he has nothing against Nigeria even though he now competes actively in the colours of oil-rich Qatar.

Recently in Akure, Ondo State, Ogunode through his Foundation organised an Athletics Challenge which gave a platform for youngsters across the country to showcase their talents and also get mouth-watering prices for their efforts.

Image result for nigerian athletes

The now internationally acclaimed sprint star said he is happy and will always give back to Nigeria regardless of the fact that he was literally not allowed to blossom in the country and only made his mark after switching nationality.

He said: “I believe in giving back to people. While I was growing up I saw how we young athletes suffered to make headway in athletics. Nobody gave us a chance to showcase our talent. Last year, I thought within myself that it was time to give back to the society especially the young athletes as it seems that the body in charge of athletics here in Nigeria has better things to do than develop the sport at the grassroots level. So I decided that if i start this foundation, i will be helping athletics at the grassroots level.

Having watched the youngsters compete at the Sports Complex of the Federal University of Technology, FUTA, Ogunode said Nigeria remains blessed with talents that should not be allowed to rot away.

"I saw many that would be the future of Nigeria if programmes are organised to help them and develop the potential they have. If they can keep them together and organise training camps for them, they will shine at the world stage. Ogunode posited

Going forward, Ogunode said he has plans to keep some of the best talents he has discovered together and ready for competitions in the future.

"It is one thing to recognise talent, it is another thing to develop them. What our Foundation will try to do is help nurture the talent we have seen." Ogunode concluded.

Ogunode

 

Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on October, 5 2015

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


You may also like...
29 perish, as another migrant ship carrying 600...

Buhari to Nigerians: Now a new Nigeria unfolds...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi Extends Contract Till 2020/21

Impeachment: Ekiti lawmakers order Chief Judge to probe...

Imo deputy Gov to Okorocha: You can't stop...

BREAKING: Ighalo's goals sink Liverpool

EXCLUSIVE: Angst, as Queens’ College milks parents with...

Presidency denies Buhari's son was flown abroad

Buhari, Diezani board same flight to London
Latest News BREAKING: Dino pulled out of hospital bed, whisked away by police *To be arraigned immediately Senate invasion: Saraki moves to overhaul security at NASS complex US to Buhari: You’re running corrupt, vindictive government *Respond, PDP dares President, APC Angry Buhari thunders on Benue priests murder: Culprits must be punished *Action, vile, satanic Maritime health leads to economic growth – Peterside *Launches massive clean-up of Nigerian waters BREAKING: Drama, as Dino jumps out of SARS vehicle *Seriously injured Senator hospitalised Siasia gunning for vacant Lions' coaching job in Cameroon Exposed! Our govt returned $322.5m Abacha loot with $1.5m interest in 2017 — Switzerland BREAKING: SARS operatives move Dino to Kogi *To be paraded amongst hardened criminals Benue confirms killing of priests *Laments: North after us, Igbo aloof, we’re helpless!

 

Most Read BREAKING: Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar clinch final Ballon d'Or shortlist, Suarez snubbed (36,543 views) You must release Kanu, give us justice or we keep bombing – Gen. Ben (24,075 views) Seven 'killer' SARS officers arrested in Anambra for murder (21,898 views) I must redeem Ndigbo or die trying – Nwodo *We're quite uncomfortable in Nigeria (20,845 views) Biafra: I’ll lead negotiation with agitators – Okorie *Warns against force (13,931 views) Okorie to Buhari: Your gvt can’t be killing Ndigbo and offering B’Haram amnesty (13,126 views) BREAKING: Again DSS shuns court order, hedges on Kanu's release (12,251 views) BREAKING: Upset, as Ugwuanyi appoints Queen of 419 into cabinet (11,125 views) Catholic bishops to Mbaka: Your prophesies could be brain wave (10,237 views) Biafra: S’East governors, Ohanaeze to meet Buhari over Kanu (10,183 views)

 

News Appointments (148) Business (261) Crime (672) Economy (430) Education (165) Entertainment (92) Fashion and Style (6) General (266) Health (293) Inside Africa (229) Interviews (14) National (676) Politics (2022) Press Releases (3) Religion (136) Security (1119) Sports (1900) Technology (19) World News (418)

 

CBN banner advert

Chelsea Outdoor

Veleta banner

FRSC Officials vs Woman Driver on highway

 

 

Newsletters Subscribe to Whirl Wind News newsletters today and get breaking news and updates delivered to your mailbox!

Sign up

 

Advertisement