Tina Iheagwam, a 1987 100m All Africa Games Gold medalist, on Saturday advised Nigerian athletes participating at the ongoing Africa Youths Athletics Championships (AYAC), to also attach importance to their education.
Iheagwam said at the Warri Township Stadium that upcoming athletes should not allow their current fame to becloud their priorities.
“They should not say that because of sports, they will abandon education, just as they will want to abandon education for sports. “They should strive at combining the two because they won’t know which of the disciplines will eventually bring them to limelight,”she said.
Iheagwam added that because she attached equal importance to both endeavours in her career, she turned out to be a fitness coach at the end of the day.
“If I had abandoned education then, I will not be where I am today. Education, combined with sports, is the best.’’
The former sprinter also urged athletes to be focused on their career path, and shun any act that could dent their image.
“I am appealing to these young athletes to continue to remain focused because that is the only way they can improve.’’
In the mean time, Ofonime Odion came first in the 400m event with a time of 54.46sec, Abimbola Junaid came second with 54.81sec, while Moroko Galefele emerged third with 55.52sec