Nigeria’s queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare, and other members of Team Nigeria’s 4×200 quartet that won gold at the 2016 IAAF World Relay in the Bahamas will be inducted into the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Hall of Fame.
This accolade will be bestowed at the Welcome Dinner for athletes and officials participating at the 21st African Athletics Championships, Asaba 2018.
The event, organised by CAA and Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency, is slated for 5 p.m. on July 31 at the Event Center, Asaba.
The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa; IAAF President, Sebastian Coe; CAA president and members of his executive committee, top government officials at federal and state level, diplomats and the local organising committee, led by its chairman, Solomon Ogba, will grace the occasion.
Other members of the team that will be inducted into the Hall of Fame are Dominique Duncan, Regina George and Christy Udoh.
Olusoji Fasuba and Tosin Oke will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
But it is not going to be an all Nigerian affair. Olympics and World Champion, Tirunesh Dibaba, from Ethiopia will be inducted into the Hall of Fame; same for her compatriot, Mesert Defar, who has also won medals at the Olympics and the World Championships.
Other Ethiopians on the list include Genzebe Dibaba, a world record holder and champion; Almaz Ayana, an Olympics and World Champion; and Kenenisa Bekele, a legend in long distance, road races and marathon and world record holder.
South African duo of Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk, both Olympics and World Champions, will also be inducted.
Also on the list are Kenyan trio of Vivian Cheruiyot, David Rudisha and Ezekiel Kemboi.