The Golden Girl of Nigerian Athletics, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor and other members of Team Nigeria’s 4x200m quartet that won GOLD at the 2015 IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas, will be inducted into the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Hall of Fame.

This accolade will be bestowed at the Welcome Dinner for athletes and officials participating at the 21st African Athletics Championships – Asaba 2018.

The event organized by the CAA and Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency, is slated for 5pm on July 31st, 2018, at the Event Center, Asaba.

The State Governor His Excellency Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, IAAF President Sebastian Coe, CAA President Hamad Kalkaba Malboum and members of his Executive Committee, top government officials at federal and state level, diplomats, and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) led by its Chairman Solomon Ogba, will grace the occasion.

Other members of the team that will be inducted into the Hall of Fame are Dominique Duncan, Regina George and Christy Udoh. Apart from the Golden Girls, Olusoji Fasuba and Tosin Oke are two other Nigerians that will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

But it’s not going to be an all-Nigeria affair as former Olympic and World Champion Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, as well as her compatriot Meseret Defar who also won medals at the Olympics and World Championships.

Other Ethiopians on the list include World Record holders in the women’s 1500m (Genzebe Dibaba), women’s 10,000m (Almaz Ayana) and Kenenisa Bekele, a legend in the long distances and WR holder in the men’s 5000m and 10,000m.

South Africa’s duo of Caster Semenya and Wayde Van Niekerk, both Olympic and World Champions, will also be inducted. Also on the list are the Kenyan trio of Vivian Cheruiyot, David Rudisha and Ezekiel Kemboi.

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.

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