Beatrice Utondu, a member of the 4 x 100 relay women team that won Bronze at the Barcelona ’92 Olympics has advised Nigerian athletes to the Rio Olympics to avoid dope.
Utondu, who is based in the U.S., gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Tuesday.
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“Doping has been going on for a long time and I am totally against athletes that cheat, because I believe if you have the talent, just use it.
“There is no need cheating and also wait for your own time, because with adequate training, hard work and of course determination, you can get there.
“It may not be now but tomorrow; so I am totally against doping.
“We do know that many athletes take performance-enhancing drugs.
“They were there even when I was running.
“And my advice to athletes is that they should not to be discouraged, because even when I was running a lot of athletes were taking drugs but I was still able to beat them.
“So just because you are taking drugs does not mean you will beat everyone in the world.”
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The veteran athlete advised the team to train hard in order to win many medals at the Olympic Games.
She urged Team Nigeria to prepare adequately for the games to surpass the country’s previous performance levels.
“Going back to the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, by this time we were already in camp preparing for the Olympic meet.
“And what I am hearing now is really disturbing because there is no money for the athletes to even go to the training camp; it is really sad.
“If you look at the U.S. and Jamaican teams, they are already training people that would compete in the 2020 Olympics and we are not even prepared for 2016.’’ (NAN)