Nigeria: Algiers 2007 - Fasuba Appeals for Support
This Day (Lagos)
20 June 2007
Posted to the web 21 June 2007
Africa’s fastest man, Olusoji Fasuba has appealed for support from the private sector to enable him prepare adequately for next month’s All Africa Games and the World Athletics Championships scheduled for Osaka, Japan in August.
“Let me start by thanking those who have supported me in the past, but I still need a lot of financial support to prepare adequately for the All Africa Games and the World Championship in Japan. Preparing for these events is capital intensive. Presently, I sponsor myself with monies I make running in Europe.”
Fasuba explained that he needs money to pay his coach, pay for his accommodation, feeding and meeting other pressing needs.
“If I can take care of all these, then I will be well focused without any distractions on winning gold medals in Algeria and Japan,” said the Greece based athlete, who a few months ago received $10, 000 from Skye Bank following an appeal from Team Nigeria.
Fasuba who won the 100m race at the last Mobil Athletics Championships in Lagos, is however, full of praise for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for backing him in his quest to becoming the fastest runner in the world.
Last Friday, in Oslo, Norway, the Ekiti State-born athlete finished third behind world’s fastest man, Asafa Powell and European champion, Nigerian-born Portuguese runner, Francis Obikwelu in the first leg of this year’s Golden League grand prix.
Speaking about the race, Fasuba explained: “I could have done better but just trying to fit in to the system as its tough running against the likes of Asafa Powell and Francis Obikwelu.”