Nigeria’s Oke jumps over AFN to wins triple jump title at BIC

Tosin Oke

Four times Africa Champion Tosin Oke emerged victorious at the British National Indoor Championships.

This is coming after the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) failed to sponsor the triple jumper for any competition since 2013.

Having been invited by the British Athletics Federation as a guest athlete, the Nigerian led the way to win the title in 16.48m.

“I have not had any financial support since the Olympics in 2012; everything you see has come at my expense. The Last payment from the AFN directly towards training was in August 2012, our last training grant payment during the Olympic Games” he expressed.

“Do you know that Oke has not received a dime from Nigerian authorities in three years, the last time he got any sort of help was in 2013, when he complained, the NSC (National Sports Commission said he was on Olympics Scholarship so there won’t be any funding for him.

Unfortunately he hasn’t gotten OSS’s $900 a month pay in three years, he has been left on his own,” the athlete who chose to remain anonymous said.

The Olympian achieved his winning distance with only one attempt.

The London born athlete was grateful to have started competing this season, and even revealed via his official Twitter page that he would be at the 2016 World Indoor Championships later this month


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