Divine Oduduru, US-based Nigerian sprinter, is currently the world’s fastest man this year despite kick-starting his athletics career back home.
In 2018, the 22-year-old Oduduru was among other athletes that won medals for Nigeria at the African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba, as he was reportedly handed N107,000 as allowance just after his father’s death.
However, Oduduru rejected the money amid complaints of shoddy treatment from the athletics body before leaving for the United States of America.
Months down the road, Oduduru has emerged the world’s fastest 100 metres and 200 metres runner for 2019, and according to Brila, he received an invitation from the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) pleading with him to fly Nigeria’s flag and not the US.
Responding during a chat with The Guardian, Oduduru, refused confirming if he will represent Nigeria in the future.
"Next year will be very important in my school athletics career, and I don’t think I will be available for the national trials in Nigeria. I think our government should have a rethink on how to reposition athletics.
“Our government is paying lip service to athletics, and it must change before serious preparation starts for Tokyo 2020 Olympics."
However, Nigerians took to social media to drum support for Oduduru, even as they advised him to stick with USA.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Divine Oduduru, Nigerian sprinter set a new world fastest time in the 100m race at the Michael Johnson Invitational track and field event.
The 22-year-old ran a time of 9.94 seconds in his first attempt and later rounded off with a time of 9.94s to win the event.
According to Premium Times, the feat achieved by the Nigerian is the fastest time in the 100m in the world so far this year.
It is also the athlete's 'personal best and also a new School Record. Barely sixty minutes after his 100m feat Oduduru once again finished strong in the 200m after running a time of 19.76 which left the crowd present at the venue in awe.
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