Sports News of Tuesday, 18 July 2017
US-based Ghanaian athlete, Nadia Chika Eke, has made a passionate appeal to corporate bodies, institutions, philanthropists and individuals to support her financially to enable her prepare adequately to participate in international athletic competitions, particularly, next month’s Athletics World Championship in London.
The 24-year-old triple jumper said participating in regular international competitions would not only expose her to compete favourably with world class athletes but would also propel her to develop her career and win medals for Ghana during such competitions.
Eke, who in 2014, won silver medal for Ghana at the African Championships, is making steady gress and was the first to qualify for this year’s World Championships. However, she is yet to acquire the needed financial support to enable her prepare adequately to participate fully in various international athletic competitions.
Speaking to Graphic Sports yesterday, she noted made a passionate plea to corporate Ghana for financial support, which she said was what made the difference between her and the other contenders who were able to travel around to gain exposure and experience.
“I have no doubt that I’m on the right path and making great progress in my career. I am confident about how it will go, however, training alone will not be enough. I need to be out there competing with the others on regular basis and that is where I need your support.
“I will be humbly grateful and excited to include you in what becomes our success story. I have never been afraid to take challenges and I am always looking for the opportunity to prove myself. Team Nadia is bound for great success in the realm of track and field and beyond, but I need your financial support to succeed”.
According to Nadia, the rigorous strain from an academic course load had been removed upon the acquisition of her degree, and old injuries had all healed, she said adding, “Crucial prospects to work with specialised jumps, fitness, and nutrition are not easy to cope with”
She said already, she capped the first season of her professional career with an African Championship title and a national record, assuring that “everything was lining up for her to begin her path to greatness to make her dream of becoming one of the best triple jumpers come true”.
During the 2016 African Championships, she jumped 13.42 meters to set a national record, and in the Trinidad and Tobago meet which she participated, she jumped 13:78 meters to prove that with the needed financial support she will soon become a great asset for the nation.