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Olympic gold medalist, Chioma Ajuwan Oparah, who started a campaign fighting against the use of drugs by athletes, has reiterated the need for Nigeria athletes to shun drugs saying it will destroy their career,
In a paper presented to the athletes at the end of the AFN/Desicon Golden League 4th meeting at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos state during the weekend and titled “The Disadvantages Of Taking Of illegal Drugs In Sports”, Ajunwa said being her 5th presentation in the series since she started the foundation, fighting drugs has become a part of her as it will help the athletes tremendously.
While revealing some drugs commonly use by the athletes such as Alcohol, Amphetamines, Anabolic Steroids, Caffeine, Cannabis, Cocaine, Ecstasy, Inhalants, Nicotine, Opiates, Phencyclidine, Seductive, Hypnotic or Atntianxiety drugs, Ajunwa maintained that all these drugs are all common with sports people.
Using herself as an example, Ajunwa advised that it is more honorable to lose without doping than to indulge in drugs abuse, all in the quest to win because when caught, such athletes will be on their own as the government and nobody will come to their aid.
The Nigeria Police Officer advised that to reduce or terminate the adverse effects of doping, drug education testing programs on its abuse should be intensified by various global agencies.
She also said government should make it a priority to test athletes before embarking on any international competition and also to look into the possibilities of applying stiffer penalties as a deterrent to athletes and official involved in it.
She concluded by saying athletes should note that it is only in drugs issues that there are no “advantage, everything about illegal drug abuse in sports is disadvantageous.”
Six African countries have signified interest to partake in this year’s edition of the annual AFN/Mobil/Cross River Track and Field Championships which comes up from the June 23rd to 25th in Calaber, Cross River State.
Confirming this at the weekend, Technical/Performance Director of the AFN, Sunday Bada said Ethiopia, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Cameroon have all signal their interest to participate in the competition.
Bada said the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), has sanctioned the competition as a scoring event to qualify for the World Championship coming up in Deagu, Korea in August this year.
He added that the countries will use the competition to qualify their 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams.
“I can confirm that six Africa countries will be taking part in this year’s edition of the AFN/Mobil/Cross River Track and Field Championships coming up on the 23-25th of this month in Calaber.
“Though Ethiopia and Botswana has sent all their team list and confirmation but we are still awaiting confirmation from Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Cameroon as they have sent in their team list.
He concluded that: “I can assure you that all six countries will be present because the IAAF has sanctioned the competition as a qualifying one for the 4x100 and 4x400 event and these countries will be coming to qualify their teams.”
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is getting set to engage some ex-internationals in building Nigeria athletes for a better performance.
Disclosing this at the weekend during the 4th meeting of the AFN/Desicon Golden, AFN President, Chief Solomon Ogba said the federation will be engaging 6 ex-internationals who will be sent to the different zones of the country for better monitoring of athletes but maintained that the federation is awaiting National Sports Commission (NSC)’s approval.
“Very soon the AFN will be consulting with six ex-international athletes to monitor athletes in the different geo-political zones. We don’t have any employed coaches; we make do with what the states are bringing. Now we are trying to do something that will engage 6 ex-international athletes that we are going to send to the different zones and we are trying to engage this team as consultants and right now we are waiting for the approval of the NSC on this.”
Meanwhile, Ogba is banking on the strength of Nigeria relay team for results at the upcoming All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique in September this year.
He said Nigeria can win the relay events due to the fact that the country has the best team in Africa.
“For sure we can win the relay events in Mozambique because right now Nigeria has the best team in Africa. Adding the relay gold medals and getting additional 10 or so, then I see us winning the overall first position in the Games.”
…As Warri Host Final Leg June 15
Hostilities resumed at the weekend as Nigerian athletes jostled for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria AFN/Desicon prize money during the 4th meeting of the Golden League at the Sports Complex of the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
One of the contenders, Ogho Oghene Egwero had to drop out of the race in preference of a career-boosting meet in Rabat, Morocco to pave way for Shola Anota (Long Jump), Baba Ibrahim (Hammer), Justin Agu (800m) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps’ 4x100m women relay team in the race for the jackpot which they all won to stay on course for the jackpot.
The high point the Lagos meeting was the 10.27 posted by Obinna Metu in the semi final. In the absence of Egwero who maintained a strong grip on the earlier three legs, Metu was easily the unassailable star of the field that included three Delta athletes Elvis Ukale (10.45), Nat Oletu (10.48) and Peter Unegbu (10.67).
Agnes Osazuwa who won the women version of the sprint in Abuja a fortnight earlier also picked her second title in the league with an 11.50 while Deborah Odeyemi (11.76) emerged second with Margaret Benson wining the bronze with 11.87 seconds.
None of the men quarter-miler was anywhere near the high 45sec three runners ran in the Abuja leg. The best of the weekend was a dismal 46.24 posted by Godday James.
Technical/Performance Director of the AFN Sunday Bada attributed the slow times posted in the Lagos leg to the two weeks break from the last leg.
“Without making cases for some of the poor times recorded here, I think the break between Abuja and Lagos did not help the athletes. Once the league begins, you don’t create room for slacking. But the inauguration weekend, which caused a shift to this weekend, made many to relax their training regimes, thereby slowing down the tempo with which we were expecting them to carry on,” he revealed.
He added that: “Egwero for instance started the League in Port Harcourt with a 10.5 went down to 10.33 and then 10.26. That is the trend we expected before the break,” observed the Sydney Olympics 4x400m gold medalist.”
The final leg of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Golden League will now hold on the 15 June in the oil city of Warri with the fantastic four edging each other in winning the 2 million jackpots.