Tobi Amusan to empower young Nigerian athletes after Diamond League victory

Victorious Tobi Amusan

After crowning a challenging season with a Diamond League trophy in the 100m hurdles in Eugene last weekend, women’s 100m Hurdles World Record holder Tobi Amusan is set to return to Nigeria in November to give younger athletes opportunities to showcase their talents.

And from November 3rd to 4th, young athletes from the nooks and crannies of Ogun State will converge at the Otunba Dipo Dina Stadium, Ijebu-Ode, for the second edition of the Tobi/Abiola Ijebu Sprint and Relays Meet.

Amusan and Abiola Onakoya are beneficiaries of youth development programmes in Ogun State, which led to their discovery as young athletes, culminating in being awarded scholarships to study at the University of Texas El-Paso in the USA.

Before graduating from UTEP, both athletes represented Team Nigeria at youth, junior, and senior levels. After winning laurels for Nigeria and being good ambassadors of the country, the pair believe the best way of giving back to their community is to provide similar opportunities for younger athletes.

This edition has the support of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, who named Amusan Ogun State Youth Ambassador after she broke the 100m hurdles World Record at last year’s World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Amusan who also won the GOLD medal in the event, is the first and only Nigerian to win a title at the World Athletics Championships since the inaugural edition in 1983. It is in recognition of her contributions to the growth of Athletics from the grassroots, and also her achievements, that earned Amusan the ambassadorial role.

Unlike the inaugural edition which was limited to Ijebu-Ode, this second edition has the blessings of the Ogun State Government and will cover all schools from across the state.

Apart from the prizes, certificates and medals that will be awarded to winning schools, the top finishers of this edition will also go home with spike shoes and other items.

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