Team Nigeria athlete, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, who took part in the final of the Shot put Gold medal event earlier on Thursday says his experience at the on-going 2020 Olympic Games and the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he won a silver medal are different to him.
In a chat with Sports Yarn Class (SYC) on Thursday from his base in Tokyo, the Olympian says, “First of all, this is different times with Covid and a lot of changes going on. It’s just different times and the Commonwealth Games is not the Olympic Games, but now I’m an Olympian”.
Speaking on his future plans, Enekwechi hinted that he will keep working hard to ensure things fall into place.
“I’m just going to keep working hard and hopefully things would fall into place in subsequent outings”.
While reacting to Nigerian media reports which quoted him to have said he was only given one jersey to compete in Tokyo, the Anambra-born former National champion described it as rumour and development that was not true.
“It never happened. Those who said that in the social media are bored because they don’t have anything to do that’s why said they told the lies”. “I was just washing my jersey in the sink, that’s all. They’re bored so they ran with it and made fun interviews on Tv, blogs, writing articles and there was no story there. That’s my opinion”.
In the meantime, Enekwechi added that he is thinking of coming up with a plan to help raise and develop young talents in the country.
“I have to think about it, I have to give it a thought, but, for now let’s see how things would play out because I have been out of the media buzz lately”.
The Shot put star who said he decided to go into sports with no bias for monetary gains, explained that
“I started Track and Field because I wanted to do a sport and I just happened to continue in the High school level, the University level and on the professional level. Interestingly, as at today I’m an Olympian”.
“If you are wondering if I need money to survive, yes, everybody needs money to survive with me included. It will be nice to be paid for my efforts whether it’s about the coaching that I do outside or competing”, said Enekwechi.