Brume’s absence won’t affect our medal standings, says Team Delta

Long jumper Ese Brume may have decided not to compete in the ongoing 21st National Sports Festival, labeled Delta 2022.

Brume, who is the poster girl for Delta 2022, was expected to compete in the long jump and relay, but she is nowhere near team Delta.

“We were told that she refused to come because Delta State did not host her after the World Championships, where she won a silver medal, and the Commonwealth Games where she won gold,” an official said.

“She wanted Delta to treat her to a big reception like Ogun State did for Tobi Amusan.

“His absence from the festival is not giving Delta sports officials any headaches. They feel comfortable with the local athletes who are about to win the Games.”

Another official said Brume has gained a lot from the Delta state government and should feel comfortable, even when recognition doesn’t come immediately.

“I think people like Brume should learn from the bad attitude of athletes like Blessing Okagbare, who yell money money all the time. Brume now sees herself more as an elite international athlete, having surpassed the NSF.”

“The Sports Festival is open to all Nigerian athletes, local or international. Without her, I’m sure Delta Team will continue to win. His absence is an opportunity for other athletes to move up,” the official said.

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