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Ogunlewe Challenges Athletes To Look Beyond COVID-19

Three-time nationwide champion Seye Ogunlewe holding a Nigerian flag after competing on the African Athletics Championship in Asaba, Delta State in 2018. Credit score: Seye Ogunlewe.



Nigerian sprinter, Seye Ogunlewe, on Tuesday challenged athletes to look past COVID-19 and discover methods to be higher after the pandemic.

Ogunlewe, a visitor on Channels Tv’s Sports activities This Morning, believes that is the time for athletes to rediscover themselves, make one of the best out of this era and keep secure.

He stated, “When it first began, it was a bit unhappy however a few of us want to grasp that the fellows within the frontline come first.

“Individuals’s lives are at stake, so we can’t be egocentric on this state of affairs by going out once we shouldn’t.”

“We must consider those people working to keep us safe. We should find things to keep us active like reading books, taking a walk and learning new things.”


On the difficulty of sportsmen and girls fighting the lockdown, notably not with the ability to practice and maintain match, the three-time nationwide champion suggested that it was necessary to remain alive and contribute in stopping the unfold of the virus.

He acknowledged, “The coronavirus isn’t ignoring a sportsman, a physician, nurse or farmer. No! The coronavirus doesn’t care.

“Everyone seems to be in peril of getting the virus so we simply must maintain secure, abide by the principles set out by the federal government.

“To be trustworthy, it gained’t rain endlessly; sooner or later the solar will shine. So, we simply have to arrange for the time we are going to return to our regular lives,” the athlete added.

International main scientists, docs and well being consultants are of the opinion that subsequent yr’s Olympics is unrealistic if a vaccine isn’t found.

Will athletes be snug to characteristic on the Tokyo Olympics if a vaccine for the Covid-19 virus isn’t out there?

In his response, Ogunlewe stated, ”If there isn’t a vaccine by subsequent yr, I see it very troublesome for individuals.

“I saw a lady on the news saying if there is no vaccine, she might not even leave to go to work because no one knows who has the virus and not certain who you’ll make contact with, and then you’re coming back home to your family.”

He added, “We have to wait and see if the vaccine comes, we hear it will take 18 months or thereabout. Every athlete wants to feature at the Olympics but we must understand the times and stay safe”.


The three-time nationwide champion is but to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and regardless of the postponement and the Diamond leagues known as off, he’s nonetheless sustaining a optimistic mindset.

Based on him, everybody had a objective this season and that’s to be on the Olympics or a significant championship.

The athlete famous that though issues have occurred, the target in direction of the objective mustn’t change.

“As an athlete, mine is to be the best I can be. That requires a lot of hard work and I do as much as I can, keeping fit and maintaining the objective that will push me towards that goal,” he stated.

He added, ”I need to be one of the best. I don’t need to go to championships and make the finals, I need to win and encourage the following technology.”

On the undertake an athlete marketing campaign and the way forward for athletics in Nigeria, Ogunlewe thanked the ministry for the initiative which he described as help system for the athletes.

“It is a blessing for us athletes and it will motivate us to do better. Hopefully, everyone can get adopted and put it to good use in achieving individual goals,” he concluded.

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