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Ogba Regret Athletes’ Failure To Win Prize Money

Posted: Jun 17, 2015 at 12:06 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Dr. Solomon Ogba has expressed his regret over the failure of athletes to win the prize money at last Thursday  Anambra Golden League meet at Rojenny Stadium , Oba.

Athletes that competed at the meet won a paltry sum, with about three million naira was returned to the federation account.

Ogba believed that our coaches need to work harder to be able to produce world champions.

“The time returned by our athletes at the Rojenny Stadium and the mark achieved in field events showed that we still need to do more work. I would have been happier if our athletes had won all the prize money on the table and even put the federation in situation where we have to source for more fund to pay them.”

Ogba appealed to the coaches to work harder and correct all the flaws noticed in Anambra before the next leg of the Golden League meet which will hold in Kaduna on June 24.

‘’The difference between a world champion and the also ran is not the speed or physical strength but paying attention to little details. Our coaches are good when it comes to doing the general coaching, but that will not take their athletes to the next level. Teaching their athletes to pay attention to little details, otherwise called competition management, is what they need to learn.”

The AFN boss posits that how an athlete react to crowd, how he takes off from the block, his running form, his state of mind, reaction to opponents antics were as important as the pre-season build up and the general coaching tutorials.