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IAAF World Relay: Alli Hails Female Conquerors

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 2:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) technical committee member Yusuf Alli has hailed the effort of Nigeria’s women 4x200m gold winning quartet at the just concluded IAAF World Relay Championships in Bahamas.

Alli, a gold medalist at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand, said it was a very good development for the country.

“It is a very good development. I am very happy because it is an improvement which is very good for us. That is what we have always been clamouring for, for us to do well.”

The national long jump champion (8.27m), however, urged the men’s team to take a clue from the women, saying that they need to be more steadfast in their career.

“The men’s team need to wake up and be up and doing.

“The women have surpassed their own standard, they are not behaving like athletes that are fully committed.

“They feel that they are not many, no competition between the men unlike the women who are many. They want to make the list and compete like it’s the last.”

An athletics coach at the University of Benin, Kayode Yaya, said the women’s performance was indeed a good hint that the country still had the right attitude to rule the world.

He said the quartet had done the country proud at the world level.