Sunday, March 20, 2011

Athletes Bemoan Change Of Venue Of 2nd All Comers

Some of the athletes that partook in the 2nd Athletics Federation of Nigeria 2nd All Comers championship at the Gateway Stadium in Shagamu over the weekend have re echoed the lack of cohesion in Nigeria.
The athletes who don’t want their names in print said scheduling the 2nd All Comers in two locations was in the first place an error. They said after spending money to Ijebu Ode, they were surprised when they were told on Thursday evening that the event has been moved to Shagamu.
“I think it is high time we do things right in Nigeria, I don’t think it is right for the AFN to take us to Ijebu Ode and later said the event has been shifted to Shagamu that is not right at all.” “Most of the athletes here are suffering and the little we have should be spent on other things and not transporting for one venue to another,” said a junior athlete.
A former national athlete who graces the event as a spectator said the AFN should consider the hardship most of these athletes are going through and help them by scheduling events in venues that will help ameliorate their conditions.
Meanwhile, an official of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria who also don’t want name in print said Shagamu was later considered because of the basic amenities it has compared to Ijebu ode.
The official said at the Ijebu ode venue, there is no water, accommodation will be a big problem for the athletes and the astro turf pitch all contributed to the change of the venue.
It would be recalled that the 2nd All Comers was scheduled to take place at the Ijebu Ode stadium and the Gateway stadium in Shagama, Ogun State but was later taken to Shagamu Gateway stadium.

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