Outrage as 'untrained' Somali sprinter jogs 100m in international competition
The Summer World University Games has been plunged into controversy after a Somali sprinter competed in the women's 100m event despite clearly being out of her depth
A Somali sprinter has become the centre of controversy at the Summer World University Games after a video went viral of an entrant in the women's 100m sprint event looking completely out of her depth.
The athlete, listed as Nasro Abukar Ali on the event's website, competed in the third 100m heat and very quickly fell behind her rivals as fans claimed she should never have been there in the first place.
As soon as the starting gun fired, Ali was immediately left behind the other competitors and very quickly disappeared out of shot as the camera tracked the other five runners. Brazilian athlete Gabriela Silva Mourao won the heat with a time of 11.58 seconds, almost half of Ali's 21.81 times.
In fact, none of the other 49 athletes who competed across the seven women's 100m heats recorded a time anywhere close to 21.81 with the next slowest time, 13.64, still a full eight seconds quicker than Ali's race.
And fans were absolutely baffled by her participation in the event, with Elham Garaad initially sharing the footage on social media with the caption: "The Ministry of Youth and Sports should step down.
"It's disheartening to witness such an incompetent government. How could they select an untrained girl to represent Somalia in running? It's truly shocking and reflects poorly on our country internationally."
"She has never run a day in her life," responded another user. Another added: "Omg, I literally couldn’t believe it when I saw the video and there isn’t much that surprises me in Somalia anymore. But why embarrass the whole nation this way."
Source: The Mirror