Bahrain’s Nigerian-Born Worlds Silver Medallist Naser: I’ve No Business With AFN

Bahrain’s Nigerian-Born Worlds Silver Medallist Naser: I’ve No Business With AFN

By Johnny Edward:

Bahrain’s Nigerian-born Salwa Eid Naser, the 400m women’s silver medallist at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, refused to acknowledge Nigeria while speaking to journalists after her superb feat, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

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Naser, born in Nigeria to a Bahraini father and a Nigerian mother, surprised a strong field in Wednesday’s 400m women’s final, posting a new personal best of 50.06 seconds behind the winner Phyllis Francis, who finished with a time of 49.92s. American multiple medallist Allyson Felix came third with a time of 50.08s.

When asked if she had any advice for the new Athletic Federation of Nigeria board, Salwa, 19, who moved to Bahrain from Nigeria three years ago, said bluntly in a video posted online by Athletics Africa: “I don’t really have anything to say to them (the new Athletic Federation of Nigeria board.) The past three years have been a great transition for me and I’m glad. I have nothing to say to the AFN.”

She added that she was not scared to compete against the likes Francis and Felix before the final.

“No, I wasn’t. But I was training hard and hoping for the best. Coming here I really hoped to do something,” Naser who set new national records to win both her heat (50.57) and semi-final (50.08) at the IAAF World Championship in London told iaaf.org.

“I feel so happy. It wasn’t about beating Allyson Felix. It was about getting a personal best and a medal.
“I just had to push through and try. I didn’t see anyone in front of me so I didn’t know what position I was at until the results came through.”

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  • Coach samuel 5 years ago


    Nigeria has a bunch of talents who could have performed much better than other countries at any world class championship but we have failed to do the needful. I was so angry watching countries like Botswana, South Africa even Jamaica whose population as a whole is not in any way up to half of Nigeria’s population doing great, presenting 3-5 athletes per event and winning medals both on track and field events,but we only relied on Blessing Okhagbare, it’s a shame. I think we need an overhaul revolution in our sports sector. We can’t afford to focus on football alone.Government needs to send our coaches on a professional coaching courses because many of them don’t know how to coduct themselves when dealing with Athletes, hence marr the Athlete’s passion. We are gradually loosing grounds in naturing potential world class athletes.
    Sports like Athletics,Aquatic games, Combat sports and Gymnastics should be the major focus of any Sport’s administrator. We are fading away because most of our sport’s Administrators in Nigeria are lacking systematic and professional approach towards their primary assignments which is “grassroots discovery of potential athletes and nurturing them to a world class standard athletes”. How hard is that?. If government of the day is out of useful ideas on how to make things work, then I’ll suggest they hire professional sports administrators to do a comprehensive research on a different ways to upgrade our sport sector in Nigeria. We can’t continue like this.

    -Ola Samuel