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Nigerian athletes still in Rio deny being abandoned



Nigerian high jumper, Doreen Amata, has debunked stories on the social media, which claimed some athletes have been abandoned in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after the 2016 Olympics ended.
Amata insists that they knew before the games started, when they would leave Brazil.

“I have not been abandoned o,” she said in a chat with

“Our flight back home to Abuja is on the 27th of this month. We were told we would be lodged in hotels after the 24th of this month when the Games Village where we have been staying since the start of the Games will be officially closed.”

The country’s record holder in the high jump, also blamed injury for her poor performance at the Olympics, where she was unable to go past the qualifying round of her event.

“I was ready for the Games. I have cleared 1.95m this year and looks good to make my first final in the high jump. I even brought my coach here but things didn’t go as planned,” she added.

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