Vanguard (Lagos)

14 December 2012

Nigeria: Okagbare Relishes Open Sports Festival

Nigeria's leading women's sprinter, Blessing Okagbare has lauded the decision of the National Sports Commission, NSC, to throw open the National Sports Festival from 2014 in Calabar.

She stated that an open participation will bring glamour to the fiesta. However, she declared not every elite athlete will be keen to participate.

"For instance if this year's Festival was open, I couldn't have participated. This is because I had a hectic year and I needed the break. So I guess that is the way it will be for every other athlete," said Okagbare.

She declared that she has put behind her the disappointment of the London 2012 Olympics and was getting ready for the challenges of 2013.

"I have started training and I hope to work harder to make amends."

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