New Nigerian 110m hurdles champion Antwon Hicks has taken to the crowd funding platform GoFundMe to raise money for his preparation for his first Olympics.
The former USA junior international who switched allegiance to Nigeria recently raised the roof in Sapele last Thursday when he ran 13.27 seconds to break the 13.42 national record set by William Erese in 2003.
"I have finally fulfilled my lifelong dream of becoming an Olympian. This is a journey that I have been on for 12 years ever since my first Olympic trials in
2004. My wife and I have been funding my Olympic run this year but I have exhausted my funds while going around the world chasing the standard and I am seeking help from all of my supporters to help me finish my journey. I am in need of funding to cover training costs so I can be at my best to win a medal in Rio.Help spread the word!" Hicks, who won the IAAF World Junior title in 2002, wrote on social media.
Hicks' wife Shareese also joined in the appeal to help fund her husband's Olympic preparations.
''Antwon would like to be able to continue his training so that he is at his best for the Olympics. He is ranked high in the world and is in good position to make the Olympic final and EVEN MEDAL! (He's super modest so he won't say it but I will ??)
"As I'm sure most of you can imagine the road to Rio has not been easy, operating under a high level of stress, intense elite focus and footing the cost of training, travel, physio/rehab ourselves has been no easy task.
"Any donation you can make is needed, appreciated and welcomed as this deserving athlete continues to put his blood, sweat, and tears into presenting his best self on the biggest track and field stage!" wrote Shareese, a former USA track and field athlete, on her Facebook wall.
Complete Sports recalls that triple jumper Tosin Oke also appealed for funding for his Olympics preparation on GoFundMe early this year.