FAMAGUSTA, N.C- Many Nigerian athletes have their mind fixed on schooling in USA but it’s not the same for African and Commonwealth Long Jump champion Ese Brume who is now a student-athlete at Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Famagusta, Nothern Cyprus.
The 2016 National Long Jump Champion unknown to many arrived at EMU in October 2016 and she was welcomed by EMU Rector, Prof. Dr. Nerdet Osam, Vice Rector Prof. Dr. M. Yasar Ozden, Sports Affairs Director Cemal Konnolu, School coach Hasan Maydon amongst other top officials of the University.
Ese Brume flanked by top officials and athletes of EMU
EMU Sports Affairs Director Konnolu Cemal said he was pleased to complete the transfer after two years of effort and he thanked the Rector, Prof. Osam for his support during the process.
Answering Prof. Osam question of “Why EMU?” Brume said she has heard very positive things about the university especially from Nigerian graduates. She also expressed her satisfaction regarding continuing her academic and sporting career at EMU.
Brume has committed herself to the university and she will continue her professional career in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) where she will also be studying at EMU Faculty of Tourism. She will be representing EMU in Turkey and other countries in which competition will take place. Earlier in the year, Brume and her new coach Hasan Maydon moved to Istanbul for a training camp and with the support from the university, her major focus is the University Athletics Competition and the IAAF World Championships which will take place in London by August.
The African Junior Record Holder kicked off her season at the Turkish Indoor Athletics Championships on the 9th of February where she stormed to victory in the 60 meters (6.79s) and Long Jump (6.41m). It’s her first time competing in the Indoor and for sure it was a great way to start as she out spaced Turkish favourite Nimet Karakus in the 60m.
Ese Brume and School Coach Hasan Maydon
Ese Brume is widely accepted as the most successful athlete to come to North Cyprus. Looking forward to Tokyo 2020 Olympics she will be training alongside Turkish Triple Jump Champion Tugba Aydin.
Ese Brume leaping to victory at the Turkish Indoor Championships
It’s a great thing as she dared to be different by going to a country that athletes haven’t thought of. We at ‘Athletic Heat’ wish her the best this year.
NB: Her 60m time was not ratified on her IAAF page but her jump of 6.41m was approved