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‘New Tracks Unlock Prospects For Athletics In Anambra’

Posted: Jun 18, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) President Dr. Solomon Ogba has expressed gratitude to the government and people of Anambra state on the commissioning of the 8-lane tracks, saying the development will open a new vista for athletics in the South East Zone.

Ogba also commended the government for fulfilling its promises by siting the project at Rojenny stadium in Oba which would be more accessible to many athletes.

“The state government has done a great job by putting on ground the long expected tartan tracks which I believe would limit the extent at which athletes migrate from the state to other states for training.”

He stated that now that the tracks are here, it’s incumbent on the coaches and athletes to put it to good use for the development of sports especially athletics in the South East zone.

The AFN president reiterated that Anambra state was reputed for producing seasoned athletes such Mary Onyali, Innocent Egbunike and Emmanuel Okala, but regretted that owing to lack of athletics facilities in the state, athletics activities have declined to an intolerable level.

But with new tracks in place, the state would be expected to revive athletics at the grassroots and would be open to bid for national competitions for all season.

“I’m optimistic that the new tracks would spur the state in sponsoring more AFN Golden League Competitions. Training alone without competitions cannot develop athletes and this is where the government and companies in the state come in. Coaches and Games masters should also cease the opportunity to get training to improve their skills in coaching.”

He stated that AFN Golden League should be held in the state all season following the state’s past prowess in track and field and wondered why the construction of the tracks were delayed for such a long period.

Ogba commended the indigenous company Solid Works that handled the track project, adding that if local companies are allowed to handle more tasks such as these, they would improve.

The AFN helmsman who bagged an honorary doctorate degree in Port Harcourt at the weekend for his worthy activities in sports said that Africa would command enough influence on who becomes the IAAF president in August went the world body would conduct its election.

“I won’t reveal much but I can assure you that Africa won’t watch things by the sideline. The continent has greater influence to get whatever it wants from any candidate it decides to support at the IAAF elections in August.”