Patience George: 'My state, Cross River, the most disappointing of all'


Patience George

Patience George, Commonwealth Silver Medalist, and Gold Medalist in the All African Games, has accused the government of Cross River of not giving her any support.

George, who placed 6th in the last Commonwealth Games in Birmingham made the accusation while fielding questions in Calabar.

With a personal best of 50:71 seconds in 400m, George said she remained optimistic about breaking the 48:54secs Africa record set by Namibia’s teenager, Christine Mboma.

She said; “All that I achieved thus far is majorly through personal efforts and nothing more.

“My state, Cross River, has been the most disappointing of all. There is no form of support coming from my state as regards my training and other logistics.

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“As for the Federal Government, it is only when there is a major championship that some of us get to see and feel its presence.

“I feel Nigeria will do better if the government does not wait for competitions before remembering their athletes.”

She urged the governments to always ensure that they put the athletes in a competitive mood even without any competition in sight.

According to her, Nigeria’s inability to win a medal in the women’s 400m race is due to the absence of Imabong Uko in Birmingham.


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