Fasuba in no hurry

Saturday Tribune - Nigeria

African men’s 100 metres record holder and world indoor championship 60 metres champion, Olusoji Fasuba says he is set to commence his outdoor training programme towards this year’s Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

The in-form sprinter said he would love to see his development come gradually, while banking on his coach to arrange a tidy programme for him.

“I am not in a hurry to refocus from indoor to outdoor. For me, there is no need to hurry into anything or get anxious about my targets. I just want to let things come naturally, and I will start my outdoor programme at the right time.

“I am banking on my coach for all this, and he will soon come out with the right approach for me, which is what I will be relying on when I am ready to go all out and fully,” Fasuba explained.

The sprinter, who has a Jamaican mother and an Ekiti father, also spoke on the countdown towards this year’s African Athletics Championship, but declared that he was not worried about hitting peak form for the continental track and field showpiece, since his main target was the Olympics.

“Definitely, my focus will start with the African Athletics Championship in Ethiopia, then the Nigerian trials in July. Many of my colleagues are talking about the African championship, but I am not thinking about peaking then.

“I will just go there to do what is enough, then shift attention to the big one. That will help me get a gradual build-up for me towards the Olympics, where I hope to get the best for myself,” he stated.

Fasuba is happy with the emergence of more young Nigerian athletes on the international circuit, especially female sprinter, Francesca Ene Idoko, who he believes has a lot of fighting spirit and determination.