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Foreign-Based Athletes Arrive For All-Nigeria Championship

Blessing Okagbare
Posted: Jul 4, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Over 50 foreign-based athletes mostly from Europe and the United States of America have arrived in Nigeria ahead of this week’s All-Nigeria Championships billed for Sapele, Delta State.
This is even as a delegation from the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), led by Solomon Ogba, its president, on Saturday, visited the family of the federation’s former president, Smart Akraka, who died last month
The delegation, which include Technical Director, Omatseye Nesiama, head of Media and Communication Olukayode Thomas, Technical Manager Yussuf Alli and Coach Solomon Aliu were received at the family house in Lagos by his widow Mrs. Akraka and other members of the family.
Meanwhile, this year’s All Nigeria Championships, which will serve as the Olympics trials to select the athletes to represent Nigeria in Rio, is expected to be keenly-contested as athletes across the world have paid their way through to get a chance to fight for places in the compact squad being planned by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.
 “Yes, the athletes have started arriving; to show the zeal they have to represent this country,  over 50 of them paid for their flight tickets to be part of this year’s All-Nigeria Championships,” AFN Head of Media and Communication, Olukayode Thomas, said in a press statement.
Thomas further confirmed that the cream of Nigerian athletics will be present in Sapele including Queen of tracks and one of Nigeria’s medal hopeful in Rio, Blessing Okagbare, as well as the likes of Gloria Asumnu, Seye Ogunlewe among others
As earlier announced, the All-Nigeria Championships will hold on Thursday and Friday July 7-8 at the Sapele Township stadium while it will be closely followed by the Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) Grand Prix, Warri Relays on Saturday July 9 at the same venue.