Africa’s 200 metres record-holder Blessing Okagbare says her career is not built on fans’ expectations, also saying she is not bothered by criticism.
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games bronze medallist has been under attack from some Nigerian fans over her poor form since the beginning of the season.
But the talented athlete says she is bothered about such criticism but instead focussed on the CAA Senior Athletics Championships, which begin in Asaba on Wednesday.
Asked about her expectations at the competition, the athlete told NAN that she would not be talking about her expectations. She said;
“I don’t answer questions about expectations. I have expectations but people have expectations of me, but I am sorry I am not running for anyone.
“This is my career and I come first, regardless of what anybody thinks. No one knows how you train, yet they want you to fulfil their own expectations of you.
“Everyone goes on the line and expect to win. You don’t underestimate anybody and you don’t care about who is on the track with you. You just compete.
“If I choose to get on the tracks, it means I want to run to win. It is the same for everybody, even those who have not prepared well.”
The 29-year-old also says she doesn’t feel anything different competing on home soil.
Okagbare said, “It is beautiful here because you can have your family and fans watch you, rather than via a television set.
“For me though, it is not really a different feeling because regardless of where you are, a competition is a competition.
“It is the same feeling for me when I go to other countries to race and that is the feeling of sports.’’