Chukwumdumebi Esli Oguegbulu is one of the athletes who competed at the just concluded Aquatic Event at the ongoing National Youth Games in Asaba, Platinumnewsng.com is reporting
Though she failed to win a medal, she picked positives in this and used the opportunity granted her by the press to send a message to her state governor.
The Akwa-Ibom-born, a finalist in the Girls 100m Backstroke category said that she didn’t feel too bad about the outcome of her push for a medal as she hopes to come back stronger at the next Youth Games.
“This is my first time participating and I do not want to feel bad. I hope to be here next year, better.”
In her disappointing tone, she sent a solemn message to her State Government and Sports Commission on how best to help them do well in subsequent tournaments.
“I want to plead that the governor will help us develop our facilities. For instance, shaky equipment may endanger the athletes should be worked on, I know they are trying their best, but I will plead for a better atmosphere. The government should improve our facilities to train better and become better.”
The swimmer who was inspired by the US and aquatic great, Michael Phelps aspires to be like him in the future. “I just want to be like him.”
The Twelve-year-old however expressed sadness in what laid her back from claiming a medal. “My knee was not in the right way, so, it drew me back and I couldn’t catch up any longer.”