Africa’s two hundred metres record-holder Blessing Okagbare has pulled out of the one hundred meters and two hundred meters race at twenty-first African Athletics Senior Championships in Asaba, Delta state. Okagbare was inducted into the African Athletics Confederation (CAA) Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.
No reason for her opting out was officially disclosed, but a close source told newsmen that she could be nursing an injury. It remains to be seen if she will take part in the long jump event.
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games bronze medallist has been under harsh criticisms from some Nigerian fans over her poor form since the beginning of the season.
But the talented athlete said she wasn’t bothered by such criticisms but instead focused on the CAA Senior Athletics Championships. Her decision to pull out in the last minute will come as a rude shock to many.