Nigerian female hurdler, Tobiloba Amusan has threatened to boycott next month’s Africa Games, as she says money matters might stop her from representing the country at the continent’s most prestigious multi-sports spectacle in Rabat, Morocco.
The 21-year-old Amusan, who ended 2018, her first professional season in athletics, with the Commonwealth Games and African 100m hurdles titles, said she might have no choice but to skip the Gameds in Morocco if financial grants are not provided by Athletics Federation of Nigeria.
Although she admitted that winning gold at the 2015 African Games set her on the path to glory, Amusan stressed during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that the AFN and federal ministry of sports should do something decisive about training grants for Nigeria’s athletes.
It may end up being a huge miss for Nigeria being without the athlete, who was born Oluwatobiloba Ayomide Amusan in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State on April 23, 1997, as she has continued making waves after first winning silver at the 2013 African Youth Championships in Warri, Delta State.
She also won gold at the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, then went on to make her All-Africa Games debut as an 18-year-old, and won the 100 metres hurdles’ gold medal.
In 2016, her first year at University of Texas in El Paso, USA, Amusan became the institution’s second athlete to be named Female Track Star of The Year, after emerging gold medalist in 100mH and the 200m flat as well as silver in the long jump at the C-US Championships
All show that it will be a heavy blow for Nigeria being without Amusan at Maroc 2019, especially when it is recalled that the dark-skinned athlete, who also ran a personal best of 7.89 s in the 60m hurdles at the start of 2018 and reached the event’s final at Birmingham World Indoor Championship, beat 2015 champion, Danielle Williams at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
While raising alarm over the chances of her skipping the Africa Games in Morocco, unless the AFN dole out cash, Amusan said she would rather concentrate in the IAAF World Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar, where she believes she would be motivated to give her very best.
Amusan declared: “We all have issues with the athletics federation, and I cannot say for now if I will be available for the Africa Games.
“It’s fingers crosses; but it’s all about money, money, money. We’ve been spending our own funds on training and preparing without any grants.
“If they bring the money, we can go and do well in Morocco. As for the World Championships, I am looking forward to it. We can go there and shock the world.”