Tokyo 2020: Weather Hindered Me From Resetting Another World Record- Ekurede


Flora Ekurede, javelin gold medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games has revealed that her plan and aim was to break and reset another record, but could not due to the weather.

Ekurede, World record holder stated this during reception held for her by the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki at the Government House, Benin City on Monday.

The reception came up three months after winning javelin gold medal for Nigeria at the Paralympics Games.

She was accompanied by the Deputy Governor Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu and Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Osarodion Ogie.

She however commended the state government relentless commitment to sports development across the state.

The gold medalist noted: “My plan and aim was to break and reset another record but due to the weather in Tokyo, I didn’t break the record, but won the gold in the game and I am here to present it to you Mr. Governor.”

Elated Obaseki hereby reassured that his administration would continue to revamp sporting facilities in the state and sustain investment in the sector so as to create opportunities for Edo youths.

He said: “We are happy to have been able to revamp the sporting facilities in Edo State, giving youths and everyone else the opportunity to be the best that you can.

“The facilities are there and are world-class. We encourage you to continue to train to be an inspiration to other youths, making them believe that there is ability in disability.

“The Edo State Government is interested in Edo youths as we will continue to invest in sporting facilities and provide appropriate support to bring out the best in Edo youths.”

Governor Obaseki thanked the athlete for honouring him by coming to present the gold medal to him in his office.