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Nigerian-born French athlete indicates interest in representing home country

Ayodélé IkuesanNigerian-born French athlete, Ayodele Ikuesan, on Friday indicated interest to feature in international competitions for the nation.

Ikuesan, 30, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that she had competed for France in several major competitions such as the London Summer Olympics in 2012.

The athlete, who won a gold medal for France in the 4×100 metres race in the Mediterranean Games in 2009, is also a specialist in the 60 metres dash.

In the 100 metres dash, Ikuesan returned a time of 11.62 seconds at the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Diamond League in Dessau, Germany

She said that she wanted to use her talent to win laurels for the country, if invited for international events.

“I have competed for France at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the London Summer Olympics in 2012, and several other European championships and I am now ready to feature for my home country.

“My desire to compete for Nigeria is simply because of my growing passion to represent my fatherland at the international level.

“I understand Nigerians are talented in the 100 metres and the 4×100 metres like Blessing Okagbare, who I really admire.

“I am prepared to contribute my own quota. I understand that the rule is for me to wait for one year before being eligible to run. I am prepared to wait,’’ she said.

Ikuesan said that she would focus on upcoming events in 2016, stressing that she had made efforts to meet with officials of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), on her resolve.

“I have faith in my mission to compete for Nigeria and I believe the federation will consider my desire to compete and help me fulfil my childhood dream,’’ she added.



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