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Chioma Ajunwa advices young female footballers on pitfalls of drug abuse for athletes

Chioma Ajunwa advices young female footballers on pitfalls of drug abuse for athletes.

Chioma Ajunwa, Nigerian former track and field athlete and football player, addressed a gathering of young female footballers during the International Day of the Girl Child tournament organized by the Sapphire Nigeria Women Football Supporters Club.

She shared her perspective on the importance of education and the pitfalls of drug abuse for athletes.

Ajunwa in an exclusive interview, emphasized the need for proactive measures to prevent athletes from testing positive for banned substances.

She noted that awareness programs and seminars are essential but highlighted the athletes’ responsibility in taking these issues seriously.

She added, “The younger generation can’t claim ignorance about these matters, so it’s puzzling why athletes are still testing positive for drugs. The Athletics Federation of Nigeria should consistently educate athletes to ensure these lessons stick.”

Offering advice to budding athletes, Ajunwa stressed the importance of rigorous training and dedication. She encouraged athletes to focus on the right training, which includes physical conditioning, speed, stamina, and building a strong physique. She also underscored the necessity of training coaches effectively before athletes, as coaches play a critical role in athletes’ development.

Ajunwa retired from the Police force last month but remains engaged in mentoring young talents. She believes that female athletes in Nigeria are not receiving the recognition they deserve.

She cited the example of the Nigerian women’s national football team reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup and not receiving adequate rewards, which she deemed demoralizing. She expressed hope for better recognition and support for female athletes in the future.

Reflecting on her successful athletic career, Ajunwa attributed her achievement to her unique talent of being able to use both legs effectively. She emphasized that pushing herself beyond standard training was a key factor.

She also noted that training with male athletes contributed to her strength and endurance. In her view, today’s athletes need to go the extra mile to excel, a commitment she believes is often lacking in the current generation.

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