Vanguard (Lagos)

14 December 2012

Nigeria: Abia Gave Me Only N5000, Junior Athlete Laments

Harry Chukwudike was part of Nigeria's team to the IAAF world junior championships last July in Barcelona, Spain. At the Eko 2012 National Sports Festival, he was one of the race favourites, but he was well outside the medals zone in the men's 100m.

The youngster coached by former national sprinter, Uchenna Emedolu, stated that his preparations for the National Sports Festival was dead even before it started as he got no support from his home state, Abia.

"Abia gave me only N5000 to prepare. And there was nothing I could do compared to the other athletes who were well motivated by their states.

"I am appealing to the state governor to pay attention to sport. There are so many talents wasting away and it is painful that we cannot get the kind of support we need to excel," said the young athlete.

Chukwudike won a sprint double at the last Pastor D.K Olukoya Under-18 Championships in Lagos.

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