Delta state born athletics Coach, Uruemu Adu has commended the Athletics Federation of Nigeria for starting its program for 2011 on time while also asking the federation to motivate the athletes in the future with prize money in championships so as to get the best from the athletes.
Uruemu told SportsDay that he was glad athletes and states turned up for the event even when there was no prize money, attributing the large turnout to the determination of the athletes to perform.
“The all comers without money is not good in motivating the athletes into putting in their best and recouping their money spent on training, transportation and feeding. However, the athletes are hungry to compete, that was why we saw the large crowd at Shagamu and the results seen were very impressive.”
According to Adu, “The way forward is for corporate support and youth developments, programs where talented real youth are identified, supported financially, morally, technically and are nurtured to the elite class athlete.”
Adu said that most of Nigeria top athletes lack the basic technique in their events; he said the athletes compete with too much strength which sap there energy before reaching the finals while saying the AFN should relate with the coaches and athletes from time to time and also approving training grants and stipends for the different categories of athletes monthly.
“The corporate bodies should support our athletes and youth developments programs where talented youths are identified, supported financially, morally, technically and are nurtured to the elite class athlete.”