14th October, 2010
Atlanta Olympic Games gold medalist in Long Jump, Chioma Ajunwa believes OsayemiÂ Oludamola, who tested positive for banned stimulant at theDelhi 2010 Commonwealth GamesÂ need moral support from Nigerians instead of condemnation.
Osayemi, won a controversial gold medal of the 100m race in Delhi Games, but was strippedÂ of the medal by the organisers of the Games.
Ajunwa said this is a trying period for the Nigerian girl who has done so much for theÂ country in her chosen career.
â€œWhat happened to Osayemi was an unfortunate incident. I donâ€™t like the way people areÂ castigating the lady. I think what she needs now is our moral support because I believeÂ she did not take the banned stimulant deliberately to enhance her performance at theÂ Commonwealth Games.
â€œWe should encourage Osayemi to keep it up because life must continue no matter whatÂ happens,â€ she said.
â€œThe Sports Ministry, Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN and all Nigerians should notÂ abandon Osayemi at this period. We should support our own no matter what happened,â€ saidÂ Ajunwa on Brila f.m