Double Commonwealth champion, Blessing Okagbare, has labelled her critics “insane”, while also thanking her true fans who have stood by her through thick and thin.
Disparaging remarks have trailed Okagbare’s 100m final race where she sadly finished last, leaving the athlete livid.
In a Facebook post Thursday, Okagbare opened up that the past few days in Beijing could pass as her fledgling career’s worst moment. But the athlete said she will remain undaunted in chasing her set goals which is to be one if not the best in what she does.
“Hi everyone, I really want to thank and appreciate my family, friends and true fans for all the love, support, calls, messages and emails from you guys. You have all made the last/worst 3 days of my career the best ever. From the bottom of my heart, I am extremely grateful,” Okagbare said.
She continued: “As for the snakes blowing the trumpet and wishing I have tested positive on drugs, keep wishing on your own downfall because, I am so more than what a(sic) foolish journalism, critics, haters and those who call me Warri instead of Nigeria when I don’t win, is made of”.
“I am self-motivated, confident and work hard which I am extremely proud and I owe no one an explanation win or lose. Not everyone who opens their mouth to talk or write with a pen in the name of journalism, have their sanity intact and they know themselves,” she said.
Also the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, through its president, Solomon Ogba, appealed to sports journalists to always encourage athletes on national assignments instead of writing stories to castigate them and demoralize them.
“Sports journalists are one of the biggest stakeholders in sports, without them, sports will not thrive, we have seen what television money has done to football and other sports, but they should be mindful of the sociological implications of their stories. Imagine a reporter who was not anywhere near Beijing claiming that AFN officials were shocked when Blessing Okagbare chickened out from the 200m. That is outright falsehood. Okagbare was injured we all saw it, we invited our medical people and IAAF medical people, they did a scan and they advised that she should not run.
“The reporter even quoted our head of media claiming he spoke to him, when our head of media called him, he admitted that he did not speak to our head of media. Why would he do a thing like that when he has our phone numbers or could contact us through the social media,’’ Ogba said.
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