By Chike Ogeah
Once again, African sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare, proved that the faith reposed in her by Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, governor of Delta State, was not misplaced as she became only the 11th person and the first African to win the sprint double in a single Commonwealth Games in either men and women events. With her victory in the 200 metres at the ongoing 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Okagbare showed that the Nigerian spirit is limitless with adequate support which she got from Dr. Uduaghan through training grants over the years. The Delta State-born star athlete has emerged the most outstanding female athlete of the games with her sterling performance in a field of world class sprinters. Earlier, Okagbare had won the 100 metres event, setting a new Commonwealth Games record in the process. She would have participated in the long jump, her main specialty, but for the timing that clashed with the 200 metres. Okagbare still has the opportunity to win a third gold medal when the sprint relays commence.[eap_ad_2] From her humble beginning, Dr. Uduaghan had single handedly taken up her sponsorship which climaxed with the approval of a three-year training grant of $360,000 to the Delta-born Africa’s fastest woman amongst other incentives to enable her succeed. The governor was part of the over 80,000 spectators that witnessed the 100 metres final where Okagbare dusted a star-studded cast of sprinters. The support for Okagbare comes under the administration’s three-point agenda of which human capital development is a critical arm. Dr. Uduaghan will continue to support the sprint star who has already won the long jump silver and 200m bronze at the 2013 world athletics championships.
*CHIKE C. OGEAH is Commissioner for Information, Delta State[eap_ad_3]