*Commends AFN, Ministry for athletes welfare
Commonwealth Games defending long jump champion, Ese Brume, has identified the absence of her coach at the just-concluded 2017 World IAAF Championships in London, as the reason why she did not do well though, the AFN leadership of Hon Ibrahim Gusau got the medal for making the athletes great.
Brume, who won a gold medal for Nigeria at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, as well as the African senior Athletics championship in Morocco, said she went to London with the hope of making a remarkable achievement, but things couldn’t work in her favour.
The long jumper promised she would use the 2018 edition of the Commonwealth Games holding in the Gold Coast, Australia to make up for her not-too- impressive outing at the World championship.
Ese Brume not only failed to qualify from her pool as she managed a 6.38metre jump, which was way down below her season’s best in London.
Her defence: “though, it was my first time competing in the IAAF World Athletics championship at the senior level, I was really determined to get something in London,” she said.
“Somehow, things didn’t work out well because in all my jumps, I was not getting it right at the point of my take off from the board. I was always missing the target.
“To worsen my case, my coach was not allowed to travel with me to London. Perhaps, if he was there and gave me the necessary corrections, things could have worked out better,” she stated.
However, Brume, who made big headline at the 2013 African Youth Athletics Championship in Mauritius, winning two gold and a silver medal for Team Nigeria, says she would turn the London misadventure into success for Nigeria in next year’s Commonwealth Games holding in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from 4th – 15th April.
“I will be returning to my base is North Cyprus early September and I have set a target for myself ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. I will sure defend my gold medal,” she assured.
Brume praised the leadership of the AFN led by former House of Representatives member, Hon Ibrahim Gusau, as well as sports ministry officials for what she termed ‘good care’ the athletes got in London. “The way they treated us in London was worth commending. Despite the fact that we couldn’t win any medal, they paid us our full entitlement. That was not the case in the past. Those who attended the last IAAF World championship said they were not paid, so we should commend them. But they can do more for us, especially in the build up to the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the African Senior athletics championship, Asaba 2018,” Brume stated.