Amgbare Ekaunkumo, Yenagoa
President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Engineer Ibrahim Gusau as shown full appreciation to Journalists in Bayelsa state for highlighting the health challenges of Gloria Kemasuode.
Engineer Gusau who urged Nigerians to see themselves as family as what affects one affects the other, says the AFN will continue to take care of the needs of the nation’s serving and retired Athletes.
The AFN President stated this at the Federal Medical Center, Yenagoa, during a visit to Olympic Silver Medalist, Gloria Kemasuode Ubiebor who is undergoing treatment for some health challenges.
Engineer Gusau who was accompanied by a Doctor from the Federal Ministry of Sports, said he was pleased to have seen Gloria in a stable condition, pledging that the AFN would continue to monitor the situation.
Speaking on the occasion, Loveday Herbert ,Sport Writer said it was important that Gloria Kemasuode’s case was brought to the fore to get the attention of the Authorities to help her.
The Head of Clinical Services at the Federal Medical Center, Yenagoa,Doctor James Omietimi said the former athlete was in stable condition as she was responding to treatment.
Gloria Kemasuode is part of Nigeria’s quartet at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China that finished third in the women’s 4 by 100 meters relay, alongside Agnes Osazuwa, Oludamola Osayomin, Ene Franca Idoko and Halimat Ismaila clocking 43.04 seconds, finishing behind Russia and Belgium.
In 2016, Russia were disqualified and stripped of their gold medal due to doping violations, thereby promoting Gloria and her team mate to silver medal position.
She was also in the Nigerian 4 by 100 meters women’s team that won gold at the Africa Championship in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia earlier in 2008, returning in a time of 43.04 seconds