Ogbeifo Blasts Nigeria Coaches Over Amalaha

Nigerian veteran weightlifter, Ruth Ogbeifo, has laid the blame for Chika Amalaha’s weight-loss drug use mishap at the ongoing Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on the doorsteps of Nigerian weightlifting coaches, describing them as incompetent.
The 2000 Olympic silver and 1999 World Championships bronze medallist flew into Glasgow from London on Tuesday evening fuming in reaction to the news of Chika Amalaha’s drug case and has no kind words for her coaches.
“I feel very sad about this development and that is why I had to rush in from London to see our weightlifters. I sympathise abjectly with Chika. She is just a young girl, very strong and promising in the sport and did not deserve to be brought into this kind of situation. I blame our coaches squarely for her predicament. As I see it, the issue is about meeting the right weight and she couldn’t have accessed drugs all on her own. I understand she competed about three months ago in Mauritius and she won without drugs, so how come she used those drugs now? Even if she got them herself, it is the duty of the coaches to know
whatever medications their athletes are using and to research to be sure if the drugs contain banned substances.
“The problem is that the coaches are lazy, incompetent and do not qualify to handle national team athletes. The point is that maintaining the required weight in your class is a primary condition in weightlifting and one of the main tasks of a Weightlifting coach. You have to constantly monitor your athlete to be sure of what she is taking, what she is eating, what she is drinking in other to maintain a stable weight. There were times we had to stay very, very light on
food for months. A regular and well supervised programme assures that, but our
coaches are just doing nothing. Coaching in weightlifting goes beyond telling
athletes to bend down this way or hold their arms up this or that way. It is
total supervision of the athlete which obviously was absent in this case.”

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