I relocated to the U.S after a coach wanted to sleep with me – Orphaned Nigerian weightlifter
According to Punch NG, US-based Nigerian weightlifter Gloria Moses says she relocated to the U.S late last year after a national coach tried severally to sleep with her before she could be allowed to represent the country.
Moses claimed that after she refused the coach’s sexual overtures, she was framed up for drugs usage and was dropped from national camp in 2013, while preparing for a championship in Malaysia.
“Why did they do all these? Because Gloria is a stubborn lifter who won’t sleep with her coach,” the athlete, who won three gold at the Rivers 2011 National Sports Festival, said.
She added that: “They said I tested positive. But after the dope test I had, a letter should have been sent to my state (Bayelsa) and another to me. But I didn’t get a copy of the result of the dope test and I requested for but nobody gave me any till now. The frustration was too much; that’s why I had to leave for America.
In Nigeria, the coaches drop better female weightlifters for those that give them what they want. I was targeting gold (in Malaysia) because I was in-form but the coach frustrated me, denied me the opportunity.
I would have made some money if I won. Thereafter, I couldn’t pay my rent; and there was nobody to help me. If I had parents, they would have fought for me, but I had no one.
Some male friends who knew my plight came to me and said, ‘let me give you N1,000 and sleep with you.’ I told them to go and die. I was helping some women at Shitta (in Lagos) to sell local herbs.
They would give me food and I would hang on a bus to get home. At a time, I almost drank poison, but my fiance held me back. If not for him, I would have been dead by now.”
She said despite her ordeal at the hands of her coach, she would continue to represent Nigeria if given the opportunity.