Thursday, March 17, 2011

Athletes Set For 2nd AFN All Comers

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria All Comers Championship enters its second series this weekend at the Shagamu Township Stadium and the Ijebu Ode Stadium.
Just like the first edition, the second is also going to be free as the federation could not get sponsors for the event.
As the day draws closer, top Nigerian athletes have reacted to the event which some says is a good development as it will help in capturing young athletes.
According to 2010 ECOWAS Games U-23 gold medalist, Agbaje Ovie Fredrick who said that though the event is free, he is set to do what he knows how to do best, by going to Ijebu Ode to run.
The Ososo in Edo state born athlete said commendation should be given to the AFN for this very sound and innovative initiative of trying to catch young athletes for the future.
“Though athletes are not getting the necessary support, we have to commend the AFN for putting this up, I did not take part in the first edition, but I am all set for the second edition this weekend, I am going there to do what I know best, which is winning,” he said.
Also speaking on the 2nd All comers, another ECOWAS 2010 gold medalist, Onakoya Abiola, who had a swell time in the first edition by running a personal best of 1.18 seconds in the 600m and also having the second fastest time in the 300m with a time of 33.4 seconds said the All Comers series is a good sign that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria is serious about bringing out the best of athlete’s by keeping them in shape and discovering new once. He said he is ready to reignite the spark that saw him performing well in the first edition.
“This is a good sign that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria is keeping to it’s word that Nigeria athletics will be better this year, this All Comers thing is really good, it will help in keeping the athletes in competitive mood and also discover new once”.
Similarly, 2010 IAAF Junior World Athletics Championship in Canada and Africa Senior Athletics Championship gold medalist in Kenya, Abogunloko Bukola has commended the AFN for the 2nd All Comers Championships coming up in Ijebu Ode and stated her readiness to give her best just as she did in the first edition.
Bukola, who represented Ekiti state in the championship, ran the fastest time in the female 300m dash.
Track events of this 2nd All Comers are to take place in Ijebu Ode while all field events will take place in the same Shagamu Stadium where the first edition took place.
Events to be competed for at the two-day track fiesta in Ijebu ode and Shagamu include 60m, 150m, 300m, 600m, 1,000m, 5000m, 60m hurdles, 3000m hurdles. Others include High Jump, Pole vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Short Put, Discuss, Hammer, 4x200m, 4x400m, Decathlon (Heptathlon for women).

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