Nigerian athletes overeat – Olympic silver medalist Falilat Ogunkoya

Nigerian athletes overeat – Olympic silver medalist Falilat Ogunkoya

Former track and field athlete Falilat Ogunkoya has said that the eating habits of Nigerian athletes is inappropriate.


Ogunkoya, an Olympic silver medalist, and a member of Athletic Federation of Nigeria board stated this at the Editors’ Forum organised by Hotsports Media Group in Lagos.

“When you see some of them eating, you will think they are there for eating competition. Even when you try to advise them as a former athlete, they will not listen,” the 48-year-old whose personal best and African Record of 49.10 in the 400 metres, is currently the twelfth fastest of all time said.

She added: “What they don’t understand is your diet as an athlete is very important so that you can be fit during your race.

“There is need for these athletes to control what they eat, the type of food and quantity. They should go for balance diet that will nourish their body and not just to fill their stomach.”

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