Tobi Amusan Celebrated In Lagos, As Plug Sports Hosts Homecoming Dinner For Nigerian Athletics Champion

Tobi Amusan Celebrated In Lagos, As Plug Sports Hosts Homecoming Dinner For Nigerian Athletics Champion

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  • September 22, 2022
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BY TAIWO ADELU

Plug Sports, a sports management outfit, hosted a befitting “Homecoming Dinner” for reigning African, Commonwealth and world champion, Tobi Amusan OON on Wednesday in Lagos.

The well-attended dinner, which was held at KOI Restaurant, Victoria Island, Lagos had in attendance guests from the entertainment industry’s heavyweights political figures, and socialites and members of the media.

The dignitaries include Nigerian hip-hop legend, Naeto C, Obi Asika, Adesola Adesugba, Bukola Olopadenilayo, FK Abudu and others.

There were also major appearances from Flutterwave which declared that it had signed a multi year partnership deal with the World Record Holder, Tobi Amusan. In their words:

“It’s very difficult to find athletes who embody our core values the way Tobi does.”

The World Athletics had on Tuesday, ratified Tobi Amusan’s World Record of 12.12s (0.9) set at the World Championships after winning the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles at the 2022 Commonwealth games.

The current record held by Amusan was an improvement on the 12.20s, set by USA’s Kendra Harrison in London in 2016 and followed that with a wind-assisted 12.06 (2.5m/s) to dominate the final.

Speaking to journalists at the occasion, Amusan, who was elated with the reception and enthusiasm showed by the guests since her in their midst, said the ratification of her record by the World Athletics was a breath of fresh air, as she knew she already bagged the record but was happy to know that the milestone was now set in stone.

“It’s a breath of fresh air for me and I’m still getting a hang of everything happening to me right now. My 200 million soldiers across Nigeria supported me through the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Diamond League, I trust them.

“As an athlete, I eat everything that I can, especially things that can give me energy,” Amusan said.

Speaking on the circumstance leading to the historical moment in Oregon, USA,  Amusan said she was injury-prone, hence the need to take the loan to enable her to stay in shape for the competition.

“Yes, definitely. I’ve got injuries a couple of times,” she said.

“There was so much I needed to do when it comes to my health as a professional athlete, and staying on top of my game required a lot of funding.”

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari recently conferred the Officer of the Niger (OON) national honour on Tobi Amusan following her exploits in the past three months.

“It’s a great feeling to be recognised by the president.

“In as much as we did the work, it was an honour that they realised that we did the nation proud and it was a great feeling getting that title,” she said.

Tobi Amusan is a world champion, a world record holder in (12.12s), a Diamond League champion, an African champion, a Commonwealth champion, a national champion, with 17 wins in 25 races. A staggering feat on all accounts!

Plug Sports, which currently manages Tobi Amusan is a leading Nigerian-based sport management company owned by The Plug. The company operates as a division of The Plug Entertainment, and a subsidiary of The Plug. The sporting division of The Plug Entertainment, is headed by Lanre Vigo. Some other sports personalities managed by Plug Sports include soccer players Henry Onyekuru, Asisat Oshoala and Clement Ugah.

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