Mocked and Advised to Quit! World Champion Amusan recounts her early Struggles in Nigeria

Mocked and Advised to Quit! World Champion Amusan recounts her early Struggles in Nigeria

World record holder, Tobiloba Amusan, has revealed how she got to her current status in the world of athletics today.

Amusan, who hails from Ijebu, said she started out as a football player and was often looked down upon because of her small stature at a tender age.

She started her journey in sports as a footballer, something she did for fun, but never got the opportunity to go pro because there was little support.

The 25 year-old was discouraged by those who often told her to drop sports and face her studies.

She told Brila.net that her venture into athletics depended on getting good grades in school, which was her Parent’s condition to commence her early training sessions.

‘Even as I got older and was at Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), my lecturers advised me to quit practice and instead devote myself to studies. But, in the US, as a student-athlete, the professors often give students athletes extended periods of grace in order to meet up with the class or turn in assignments,’ She narrated.

According to the 100m World and Commonwealth Games Champion, Amusan believes there’s a lot Nigeria can learn from the working system in the US, which promotes sports growth.

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