Nigeria will during this year’s Olympics trial in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, inside the Nest of Champions stadium, watch Africa’s fastest sprinters of all time being honoured for running sub-10s.
Sanusi Turay, the Nigerian born sprinter who plied his silky skills under the colours of west African nation, Sierra Leone, disclosed this on Channels Television’s Sports This Morning anchored by Austin Okon Akpan and Cecilia Omorogbe.
Turay told the nation, “We are planning to bring all the 16 sub-10s sprinters to Nigeria where they shall be honoured. Of the 16, eight are Nigerians. The event will be attracting the President of IAAF, Lord Sebastian Coe.”
Speaking on the increasing and embarrassing cases of doping in the sport, he said, “doping has always been a problem in sports and especially in athletics. Though, in Africa, relatively speaking, we have not gotten so much issues.”
“One great report too is the fact that none of the 16 Africans who ran sub-10s are in the drug web compared to those who ran sub-10s in other parts of the world like Europe and America. Athletics is a hard sport more than other sports. The lure for drugs is very high and it is troubling.
“When I was running and doing between 10.25s and 10.30s it was good then for Grand Prix and invitational meets. I was among the very best in Africa but with better nutrition and facilities, younger folks are running better and faster but they face a whole lot of pressures.
He likened a great athlete with his team and bills to pick, yet everyone has to be paid. Endorsement, sponsors, team and other factors put pressures on the athletes. Some of them go into doping unknowing and some know.
He recalled how amiable and fantastic two Nigerian athletes were to him. Late Kayode Oluyemi and the sensation but incredible sprinter Olapade Adeniken.
Sanusi is an ex Olympian athlete, having competed at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics in the men’s 100m/4x100m. Sanusi ran track for over 12 years and had many notable training partners like Linford Christie, Ade Mafe, Jason Livingstone, Gwen Torrence, Kevin Young, Pauline Davis of the Bahamas and Beatrice Utondu of Nigeria to name a few.
He owns and runs a Sports Management Company in Sierra Leone called Regal Management
Sanusi Turay ran in two outdoor and four indoor World championships.
Group; Regal Management Group ran the Celtel Track Series for two years in Sierra Leone and was involved in the training of 18 athletes. This was chronicled in a BBC channel 4 documentary on Storyville, titled “Small Pain for Glory” and was filmed over a two year period.
Sanusi currently works within the security intelligence space in Nigeria, and in recent times developed a physical security intelligence software named ISID, which has been implemented in Heritage Bank.


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