Nigeria’s Queen of tracks, Blessing Okagbare has withdrawn out of the 100m and 200m race at 21st African Athletics Senior Championships in Asaba.
The championship, tagged Asaba 2018 which started yesterday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium venue experienced various forms of hitches.
It will be noted that the local organising committee had challenges in flying out athletes to Asaba airport as well delays in accreditation processes.
It will be recalled that Africa’s 200 metres record-holder, Okagbare alongside 14 others were inducted into the African Athletics Confederation Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.
Africa’s fastest man with 9.85 secs Olusoji Fasuba and Tosin Oke, who set the current U.K. junior indoor record were also honoured.
Also, Nigeria’s quartet team of the 4x200m IAAF World relays champion in 2015 Christy Udoh, Regina George, Dominique Duncan and Okagabre-Ighoteguonor, were inducted.
Her name was not listed on the starting list of 100m and the 200m which has been adduced to mean she could be nursing a niggle.
However, she is expected to take part in the long jump event.
Okagbare, who broke the 22-year-old 200m African record with a 22.04 seconds finish in March, said on Tuesday in Asaba she would be at her best at the event despite facing severe condemnations from some Nigerian fans over her poor form since the beginning of the season.
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games bronze medallist however waved aside the critics, saying she was focused on the CAA Senior Athletics Championships.