Long jump sensation Ese Brume has called on the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to show more support to the country’s athletes to enable them prepare well for major tournaments.
The 3-time African champion on Sunday handed Nigeria her only medal at the just-concluded World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, claiming bronze in the women’s long jump event with a mark of 6.91m.
It is the first time Nigeria has won a medal at the competition since 2013.
Speaking after her impressive performance, Brume reckoned that Nigerian athletes can achieve more for the country given adequate support from the AFN and sports ministry, which is currently not the case.
“I would like to say to the (sports) ministry and also to the federation that they should try to support us because, really, they are not helping,” the 23-year-old 2014 Commonwealth champion said.
“God has made it possible for me and I believe by the grace of God, He will make it possible for the others as well.
“But I want them (AFN and sports ministry) to improve on their support for us because they are not helping us at all.”
Brume’s call follows the consistent inadequate preparations and poor welfare of the country’s athletes especially before and during major tournaments, with the AFN citing paucity of funds in most cases.