Nigeria’s sprint queen Blessing Okagbare had plans to spend her honeymoon in the USA with husband Igho Otegheri, but the US Embassy was having none of that.
The athlete was to combine her honeymoon with her preliminary training for the World Championships in Beijing next year, but the denial of her husband’s visa has thrown all her plans into disarray.
“I feel so bad that America Embassy would turn down the visa request by my husband to travel with me to Los Angeles.
“I have resumed training for the season and I have to go back to my base (Los Angeles) with my husband so that I can concentrate.
“I have sent copies of my documents, including my Resident Permit in Los Angeles to them so as to facilitate my husband’s traveling with me to the States, but they refused. Help me appeal to them to grant him visa because it won’t be easy for me to shuttle between Nigeria and the States every time.
“I have to concentrate on my training and the only way to do so is to have my husband with me in the States. I have been so sad since my husband returned from Abuja with this bad news. They have to do something about it,” she cried out.