‘I ran with a sprained leg,’ viral Somali sprinter says

After being called the worst athlete in history to have participated in international games, Somalia runner Nasra Abukar Ali has responded.

In a statement shared online, Abukar wondered why she was being criticised yet she represented her country well despite being injured.

“Somalis do not deserve to be represented in a running competition, I ran with a sprained leg, but I am criticized,” she said.

In a video of the event, which has gone viral on social media, the Somali athlete is soon left out of shot and eventually completes the race with a jovial skip.

The race was at a university games competition in the city of Chengdu in China. Nasra Abubakar Ali took close to 22 seconds to complete the race – almost twice as long as the winner.

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It was claimed the time was the ‘slowest-ever’ in international competition.

A clip of the race was posted online, raising questions about why Somalia would send such an unprepared athlete to a major event.

It was claimed that Abukar is actually the niece of Somali athletics vice-president Khadija Adan Dahir and that her selection for the event in China was purely nepotistic.

The video shows other female athletes gearing up for the race and taking the stance before the start while Ms Ali struggling to even do that.

She doesn’t appear to be fit and as soon as the buzzer rings, the crouching athletes race ahead, leaving her far behind.

Other athletes quickly finish the race, but Abukar takes her own sweet time to reach the end, jumping on the track in between.

Elham Garaad, who posted the viral video on Twitter, wrote: ‘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.”

Somalia’s Sports Minister Mohamed Barre Mohamud was forced to apologise and described the incident as embarrassing.

“What happened today was not representation of the Somali people… we apologise to the Somali people,” he said.

“The fact that she reportedly had no previous experience of competing has prompted some Somalis to wonder why she was ever selected. We are trying to find out.”

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Twitter users have roasted the athlete for her performance.

Corruption and Nepotism continue.

In a Facebook post, Khadija Aden Dahir, the senior vice president of the Somali Athletics Federation, sends her congratulations to her niece, the young athlete representing Somalia at the 31st Fisu World University Games in China. Clearly… pic.twitter.com/rUglIAMPOY

— Elham Garaad ✍︎ (@EGaraad_) August 1, 2023

The horn of Africa is the funniest region in the world. 😂

We had “Robel the Whale” from #Ethiopia and now we have Nasra Ali “The Tortoise” from #Somalia. 😂

It’s our turn now, Come on #Eritrea. pic.twitter.com/Z64BNMPm5t

— President Isaias Afwerki (parody) 🇪🇷 (@isaias_afwerki) August 2, 2023

Naaaah…. What politician’s daughter is this? Who paid for their daughter to race?? Cuz ain’t NO WAY this the fastest woman in Somalia. pic.twitter.com/dYcbxNpKw5

— Way Above Average….🫃🏾🦒 (@_TallTattedNFit) August 1, 2023

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 That’s the niece of the President of the Somali Athletics Federation. What you expecting ? Nepotism; we have good athletes in Somalia but when it comes to 💸 💰 is a different story

— Elham Garaad ✍︎ (@EGaraad_) August 1, 2023

The #Somali Government sent ‘an athlete’ to represent the nation. Problem was that the ‘sprinter’ has never ran before.

We later found out ‘the athlete’ is actually the niece of Somalia’s Head of Athletics Fed. No wonder – the Somali Govt is the most corrupt in the world. pic.twitter.com/1gW7SzTTGP

— Jamal Osman (@JamalMOsman) August 2, 2023

This is what happens when you don’t choose the right person for the right job at the right time. #Somalia pic.twitter.com/Lp9h5qdXQz

— Berke ♜ (@BerkePunt) August 1, 2023

Somalia produced world class athletes such Abdi Bile with no sponsoring who won the world championship in Rome. Today, thanks to nepotism, we have obese women representing the blue flag that once flew high with honor and pride. pic.twitter.com/68kAklfupt

— Ilays (@Afaggaal) August 2, 2023

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