Fadekemi Olude, one of the athletes to represent the country at the forthcoming maiden African Beach Games in Sal, Cape Verde, says she hopes to make the country proud by winning her first international outing in the half marathon event.
The continental multi-sport event is scheduled for June 14 to June 23 with not less than 54 countries jostling for medals in 11 events.
Olude said she hoped to make the country proud in her first international marathon competition outside the country.
“This is my first time representing Nigeria in marathon race outside Nigeria; I hope that I will do well because I have been competing in the country with foreign athletes in the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
“I am confident but at the same time I am praying that God helps me at the race to fly like an Eagle,” she said.
The third Nigerian woman to cross the finish line at the 2019 Okpekpe Road Race, said that she and her male counterpart, Shehu Shagari were seriously training for the Games.
“Shehu Shagari and I were invited to camp and Stephen Nuhu is our coach here training us for the half marathon race,” she said.
Olude emerged second in the Nigerian female category at 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
She also won at the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
The athlete subsequently represented the country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia in Race Walk.
The sports to be featured at the Games in Cape Verde are Basketball, 3×3 beach handball, beach soccer, beach tennis, beach volleyball, freestyle football, karate Kata, kite boarding and open water swimming.