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Okagbare attacks journalists over 200m fiasco

27 August 2015, 15:36Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Nigeria track and field athlete Blessing Okagbare has chosen to attack journalists who criticized her instead of explaining to millions of Nigerians and supporters all over the world why she failed to show up for the 200m Heat at the 2015 IAAF World Championship on Wednesday in Beijing.

Okagbare alleged that the journalists ‘wished she was tested on drugs’, and as a result called them ‘foolish and haters’ when she reacted on Facebook on Thursday.

Also read: Okagbare fails to show up for 200m race

“Hi everyone, I really want to thank and appreciate my family, friends and true fans for all the love, support, calls, messages and emails from you guys. You have all made the last/worst 3 days of my career the best ever. From the bottom of my heart, I am extremely grateful,” she began.

“As for the snakes blowing the trumpet and wishing I have tested positive on drugs, keep wishing on your own downfall because, I am so more than what, a foolish journalism, critics, haters and those who call me Warri instead of Nigeria when I don't win is made of. I am self motivated, confident and work hard which I am extremely proud and I owe no one an explanation win or loose.

“Not everyone who opens their mouth to talk or write with a pen in the name of journalism, have their sanity intact and they know themselves. ?#‎Prouddeltan ?#‎Iwasnotbuilttobreak...” she concluded.

Okagbare in the past, is known for her immaturity in handing issues of criticism, and unprofessional attacks on administrators and journalists.

Recently, she attacked the Athletic Federation of Nigeria over AFN’s decision to poach on foreign athletes at the expense of home-grown talents, a development that met wide criticism, with Olympic gold medalist Enefiok Udo-Obong condemning her action on Vanguard by saying - “In specifics, at that point, Okagbare was out of line. Not based on the issues which she raised but in the manner in which she raised them and the kind of athlete that she is in our sports at this point in time.”

News24 gathered that Okagbare suffered a hamstring injury which saw her finish 8th in the 100m event at the 2015 IAAF Championship.

She however holds the Women's 100 metres Commonwealth Games record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds. Her 100 m best of 10.79 makes her the African record holder for the event. She was the African 100 m and long jump champion in 2010. She has also won medals at the All-Africa Games and the IAAF Continental Cup. 

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