Saturday, July 12, 2008
Nia Abdallah Appears on WHCR 90.3 in New York
NIA ABDALLAH MAKES SPECIAL APPEARANCE ON WHCR 90.3 FM New York Radio Station
On Friday July 11, 2008, Nia Abdallah was presented with yet another great opportunity to let the citizens of the United States know about the great injustice that has taken place against her in regards to the controversial outcome of the Olympic Trial match with Diana Lopez. This time Nia's voice was heard on the East Coast, as listeners tuned into the "Millions More & You" radio show broadcasted on the New York based WHCR 90.3 FM.
The segment was hosted by Mr. Rickey Young, a former professional boxer, who himself shared with Nia his experiences in losing matches he thought were clearly a victory for himself. Mr. Young made it clear that after watching the video himself, that "Nia definitely should have been declared the winner."
"This isn't just about me. But it's about those little competitors coming up behind me in the sport of Taekwondo", said Nia, who expressed passion for the sport she loves. "I want the country and the world to know what was done to me to try to force some kind of change in the way things are being done. Because this was not right and if we don't fix it, it will continue to happen."
When asked by Mr. Young if she thought the outcome of the match between her and Diana Lopez was planned, Nia replied, "Something definitely was up because Diana [Lopez] was speaking to me and joking around before the match which is not the normal Lopez pre-match routine. The are usually silent towards their opponent so I felt a strange vibe."
She continued by saying that "I honestly feel that if I had knocked her [Lopez] completely out, they probably would have just poured water in her face, picked her back up, and put her back on the mat to finish the fight. That's how determined they were to make history. So in truth I was fighting against the story or history that others wanted to make versus me just fighting Diana."
Listeners were also asked to view the video for themselves at www.myspace.com/wesupportnia and leave her their thoughts on the outcome of the fight.
"That was a great show", said Brother Wali, show producer. "We hope this helps even more in getting the word out."
Thousands of listeners were also able to hear the interview live on the station website at www.whcr.org