The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), has reconfirmed next Tuesday and Wednesday, April 5 and 6 for the National Under-16 and Under-18 Athletics Championships scheduled to hold at the Sports Complex of the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
Secretary General of the AFN, Mrs. Maria Wophill said that letters of the new dates for the junior championships named after Dr. D. K. Olukoya, the General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles have already been dispatched.
“We are using this medium to call on all athletics clubs, schools and states that sent in entries previously before the shift in dates to reconfirm their participation to help our logistics,” observed the former handball player.
While assuring athletes and officials coming for the junior meet of subsidized stay in Lagos, the AFN scribe insisted that there is no room for athletes competing for paramilitary bodies like the police, customs, immigration, civil defense etc.
“Any athlete representing forces and Para-military forces like the Civil Defense, Customs, Police etc are no longer going to be allowed to compete in Under-16 and Under-18 championships any more. So, we are starting to enforce the rule with the Dr. D. K Olukoya National Under-18 Championship slated for April 5 and 6 in Lagos. It is one of the ways in which we hope will stamp out cheating from junior competitions. Henceforth, we want junior competitions for juniors. It is one of the ways of truly stamping out over-aged athletes from junior events,” stressed the AFN scribe.