Chioma Ajunwa Foundation Takes Talent Hunt To Abia

Chioma Ajunwa Foundation Takes Talent Hunt To Abia

By Ify Ashi Umuahia

The 1996 Olympic Gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa-Opara, has  call on the nation’s athletes to shun stimulants and performances enhancing drugs that is capable of ruining their lives and  career.

The athletic gold medalist gave the advice at a three-day Chioma Ajunwa Foundation Under-16 Athletics Championship for Secondary Schools which held at Umuahia Township stadium in Abia State.

In her speech at the closing formalities of the competition which saw the presence of  34 schools participated in the competition, which was organized by the  Chioma Ajunwa Foundation in conjunction with the Abia State government.

The multi-talented athlete, who recalled her ugly experience as a victim of banned drugs, admonished the upcoming athletes in the country to keep away from stimulants, such as Tramadol and Codeine.
She said, “I want to warn you (athletes) to beware of using illicit drugs and stimulants.”

She regretted that the consumption of illicit drugs had become rampant among students across the country.
“I am telling you to go away from Tramadol and Codeine so that you do not test positive when you go into a competition because they are performance enhancers, and do not used any banned substance. It does not pay,”

Ajunwa-Opara said that her foundation had been championing the campaign among the nation’s youths.
The former Olympic hero expressed the joy that the competition was successful, saying that it would be an annual event in Abia.

She described the state as “a hub of sports talents,” saying, “I can see tomorrow’s Olympic medalists among these young athletes.”

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She urged the students to be confident in themselves and not to be restrained by their physic.

“You should not limit yourself because of your height or weight. What matters in life is the talent God has put in you,” she said.

Ajunwa-Opara commended the Abia government for partnering the foundation and for allowing them to come to the state to fish out talents that are waiting to be discovered

While she expressed regrets for some of the noticeable hiccups in the organization of the event and hoped that subsequent editions would be hitch-free.

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