Tobi Amusan, the hurdler and world champion had earlier revealed how her father burnt her running shoes as he was not supportive of her career.
She also revealed how her mother, who was more lenient would lie to cover up for her each time she had to go for practise or a competion.
In response to this, Kehinde Amusan, Tobi’s father revealed the reason he was forced to oppose his daughter’s love for sport.
According to him, being successful in sport was difficult at that time adding that they were also struggling financially, hence his decision to support her to study medicine as she was good in sciences.
In his words, “When I said I wanted her to face her education, it was because we knew what sports in Nigeria was at that time and we didn’t know what she would gain from being an athlete or going after games, instead of facing her education.”
He revealed further that he had to burn 2 of her training kits after discovering she had been sneaking to the stadium to train without his knowledge.
However, he decided to support her after many people intervened and convincing him.
He said,” At the end of it, when I got to know that she was more interested in sports than what I wanted her to do, I took two of her training kits and burnt them.
“I wanted to discourage her from going into sports. She screamed, ‘Ha, Daddy, you burnt my clothes.’ And I told her I wanted her to be focused on what I wanted her to be.
“But when people came and intervened; that I should allow her to continue focusing on her God-given talent, I said no problem. Since then, I gave her all the support I could and even encouraged her to go for training.