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C’wealth Youth Games: Team Nigeria Picks Three Medals In Athletics

Posted: Sep 8, 2015 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Uzor Odigbo,


Team Nigeria has won three medals-two gold and silver- in the on-going Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.

The country won gold and silver 100m girls and another gold in the 4x400m women.

Team Nigeria

Team Nigeria

Sprinter Omotayo Abolaji won the 100m gold in 11.59secs, while  Aniekeme Alphonsus Etim won silver in 11.64.

The quartet of Blessing Adiakerewa, Abolaji Omotayo, Etim Aniekeme and Praise Idamadudu won the 4x400m gold for Nigeria.

The Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) technical committee president, Navy Commondore Omatseye Nesiama has linked the success in Samoa to the federation’s development programme.

He said that his focus was on the home-based athletes and not foreign based athletes and coaches that had no regard for Nigeria’s culture.

“I re-emphasise that my strategic focus as technical director is on our home-based athletes.”

He said that part of the federation’s land mark achievement had been the establishment of Athletics Performance Centre based in Port Harcourt where these young and talent athletes were trained.

“It is my firm belief that the most significant thing different from whatever had been done in the past is our ability to have been able to establishe the Performance Centre in Port Harcourt where these youths were adequately prepared. It is probably going to be the most significant legacy we would have put in place for athletics development and performance under our watch.”

AFN boss, Solomon Ogba, who attributed the success to the Centre in Port Harcourt, appealed for cor[poratre sponsorship of the centre.

“This is just the beginning; we are appealing to Nigerians, especially corporate Nigeria to invest in the centre. Products of the centre will not only rule Nigeria in the nearest future, they will rule the world. We appeal to Nigerians to always get behind our team at all time.’’

Ogba revealed most countries that dominating track and field today started with investment in a developmental centre.