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2004 Athens Olympics medalist lauds Oduduru, others for showcasing Nigeria abroad




Lagos, March 11, 2019 Deji Aliu, a member of the 2004 Athens Olympics 4x100m bronze winning team, on Monday commended the student-athletes abroad for putting the country on the world athletics scene.

Aliu, who was reacting to Nigerian student-athletes’ performance at the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) competitions, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the students were worth celebrating.

NNN reports that the likes of Divine Oduduru, Abike Egbeniyi, Fabian Edoki, Mercy Abire and Ruth Usoro have been doing well in their respective schools.

NNN also reports that Oduduru claimed his first ever NCAA indoor title in the 200m at the championships held in Birmingham, Alaska on March 9, with a time of 20.49secs.

He also broke Christian Coleman’s 200m Facility Record of 20.55 seconds.

Aliu said that he was happy with the developments as it could open doors for more Nigerian athletes aspiring to study abroad.

“I am very happy, one thing we do not understand is that if these athletes are doing well overseas, it will open doors for others, schools will want Nigerians.

“Usain Bolt has been able to open doors for Jamaicans, so, everyone feels that if you have a Jamaican in your school, you automatically have a Bolt.

“Having the likes of Oduduru doing well and opening doors for other athletes is something we should celebrate.

“Even in Europe, such feat can open doors for athletes in schools,” he said.