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Okagbare justifies our investment, says Delta Govt

Written by Godwin Ibe
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Delta State Government on Friday decaled that Blessing Okagbare, a Nigerian track and field queen, who won gold medals in both 100 and 200 meters event at the on-going Commonwealth Games in Scotland, has justified the state’s investment on her.

The state Commissioner for Information, Chike C. Ogeah, in a statement made available to Saturday Independent on Friday, said: “Once again, African sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare, proved that the confidence reposed in her by the state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, was not misplaced as she became the only 11th person and the first African to win the sprint double in a single Commonwealth Games.

“With her victory in the 200 metres at the ongoing 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Okagbare showed that the Nigerian spirit is limitless with adequate support, which she got from Dr. Uduaghan through training grants over the years.

The Delta State-born athlete has emerged the most outstanding female athlete of the games with her sterling performance in a field of world-class sprinters.

“Earlier, Okagbare won the 100 metres event, setting a new Commonwealth Games record in the process. She would have participated in the long jump, her main specialty, but for the timing that clashed with the 200 metres. Okagbare still has the opportunity to win a third gold medal when the sprint relays commence.”

“From her humble beginning, Dr. Uduaghan had single handedly taken up her sponsorship, which climaxed with the approval of a three-year training grant of $360,000 to the Delta-born Africa’s fastest woman among other incentives to enable her succeed. The governor was part of the over 80,000 spectators that witnessed the 100 metres final where Okagbare dusted a star-studded cast of sprinters. The support for Okagbare comes under the administration’s three-point agenda of which human capital development is a critical arm.



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