Commonwealth bronze medallist, Joy Udo-Gabriel has blamed poor training facilities and lack of support as some of the reasons Nigerian athletes could not compete favourably with other athletes in competitions.
The 100 level Education-CRS student of University Lagos during a visit to HotSportstv.com studios affirmed that if only she had been exposed to quality facility and training, she would have ended with a lower Personal Best Time in the range 11:2secs.
Gabriel in her very first outing for Nigeria at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, was part of the Nigerian quartet that clinched a Bronze medal in the women’s 4x100m relay final in Gold Coast, Australia.
The 18 –year old said she hopes to qualify for the world Junior which will hold in July in Tampere, Finland.
Speaking on the effect of athletics on her education, she said “it is one of the sacrifices I have to make and my school have been very supportive, knowing fully well that I am sport-inclined”
While advising the young and upcoming school-girl athletes, she said “you do not need to drop one for the other, you have to be disciplined and be focussed and make sacrifices, when you are disciplined, your goal will be achieved”