The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has rolled out its programs for the 2011 season.
The calendar will open next month with the National All Comers championship slated for February 18 and 19 at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan. The Second National All Comers holds in Lagos.
Refreshing introductions to the AFN programme for 2011 includes developmental Under-16 and Under-18 national athletics trials, aimed at discovering fresh talents.
The youth programme named after Pastor D.K Olukoya, the General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministry is slated to hold at the sports ground of the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos.
In April, the AFN Golden League will begin with the Abuja leg named after the Chief of Naval Staff. It will be followed in May by the Kaduna leg named after Bishop David Oyedepo of the Winners Chapel while the third leg named after Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God holds in Warri on May 20 and 21.
The venue of the final legs of the league, slated for June 3 and 4 are yet to be decided.
Meanwhile, the AFN has warned all its affiliate members that their athletes risk being left out of the federation's programmes and competitions during the year if they fail to redeem all outstanding indebtedness.
In a letter with ref number AFN/Gen/AFF/431/Vol.1/137 dated January 17, 2011 sent to all the athletic associations, clubs and higher institutions, the federation warned that unless all outstanding debts were paid before February 28 this year, “Debtors will no longer be invited to national competitions, in addition to also being barred from enjoying all other facilities.”
According to the letter signed by the assistant secretary of the AFN Mrs. Rita Akande, any athlete without a valid license “will not be allowed to take part in any competition organized and supervised by the federation.” She warned further that licenses of all athletes must be obtained this January with the right fees in the various categories.