Amusan, Brume drag sports minister, AFN president to Lagos for corporate deals
Youth and Sports Development Minister, Sunday Dare and President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Tonobok Okowa, are among dignitaries expected at the unveiling ceremony of two of Nigeria’s brightest and best track and field stars, Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume, as Primus Trust Bank brand ambassadors.
The ceremony holds today at Eko Hotels and Suites.
Both Amusan and Brume have played huge roles in the country’s athletics rising profile.
Brume won a bronze medal at the delayed Tokyo Olympics to ensure Nigeria’s return to the podium at the quadrennial games 13 years after the country last did. Amusan also made history when she became the first Nigerian to win a Diamond League discipline at the Diamond League final in Zurich last year.
This year, Brume also ensured Nigeria’s return to the podium at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, 14 years after Olusoji Fasuba won a medal at the competition.
The duo also made history at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, U.S. in July.
While Amusan became the first Nigerian athlete to win a world outdoor title and set a world record, Brume became the first Nigerian to win medals at two separate editions of the championships.
It was an Amusan and Brume show again at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, as they became the first Nigerian track and field athletes to win individual medals at two editions of the Games.
Amusan became the first Nigerian track and field athlete to successfully defend a Commonwealth Games title, while Brume became the first athlete in competition history to hit the seven-metre mark in the long jump event.
Both achieved their golden runs at the Games in record-breaking fashion.
Amusan ran a new 12.30 seconds Games record to win the 100 metres hurdles title while Brume leapt a distance of 7.00 metres to win the long jump title.