I was never stranded in Bahamas, says Oduduru
Contrary to insinuations that some Nigerian athletes were stranded at the end of the recently concluded IAAF World Relay in Bahamas, World Junior Championships silver medallist, says nothing like that happened.
Oduduru, the only home-based athlete in the Nigerian team, competed in the 4x200m men’s relay, but they could not make appreciable impact in Bahamas.
Speaking with The Guardian from his base in Sapele, Delta State, Oduduru acknowledged the support given to the athletes by the Solomon Ogba-led Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), saying, “whatever we are enjoying today came from Ogba.”
Team Nigeria made big headlines in Bahamas, where it grabbed a gold medal in the women’s 4x200m relay and also picked a ticket to Rio 2016 Olympics Games in the women’s 4x100m.
Rather than celebrate the success in Bahamas, AFN has received series of bashing, among which, was a report that some of the athletes, including Oduduru, were left stranded in the Caribbean Island country.
But Oduduru said: “At the end of the competition, I was preparing for my departure to the airport when auntie Blessing Okagbare came to my room. She asked if ‘oga’ had given me money for my transportation to airport, and I said yes. When it was time for my departure, I told her that I was going. Auntie Blessing then gave me $300 (three hundred dollars). She did that on her own volition, and I was really grateful to her. I can tell you that no single athlete was stranded there. Anybody saying so is an enemy of Nigerian athletics,” he said.