By Clarkson Ogo
President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Engineer Ibrahim Gusau says the Board of the AFN has put in place Insurance policies 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, capital of Bayelsa State during a visit to Olympic Silver Medalist, Gloria Kemasuode Ubiebor who is undergoing treatment for a health challenge.
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.
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria President who was full of appreciation to Journalists in Bayelsa for highlighting the plight of Gloria Kemasuode urged Nigerians to see themselves as family as what affects one affects the other.
On the efforts by the Federation to revive athletics in the country, the AFN President assured that a lot is being done behind the scene to reposition the sport and make Nigerian athletes excel in major competitions.
Yenagoa based Journalist, Loveday Herbert who was among the Sport Writers to bring the story to limelight 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, Doctor James Omietimi said the former athlete was in stable condition as she was responding to treatment.
Gloria Kemasuodewas 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 alongsisde Agnes Osazuwa, OludamolaOsayomin, Ene Franca Idoko and HalimatIsmaila 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