Thursday, April 18, 2013
AFN Reduces Golden League To Five Series
Athletics Federation of Nigeria has reduced the 2013 AFN/Solid Works Golden League competition from its traditional six legs to five.
According to AFN Technical Officer and national long jump record holder, Yusuf Ali, the changes became necessary holding to the fact that 2013 is World Championship year for athletics. He said with the loaded program of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria this year, cutting it to five became necessary.
“Yes we use to have six legs but we decided to reduce it to five so as to have enough time to prepare for the national trials in June and also to move into camping for the World championship in August.”
“Events in our programme this year are many and we don’t want anything that will disturb our preparation for the world championship in August. We looked into it and decided to reduce it.”
It would be recall that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, during the first leg of the golden league in Shagamu, Ogun state, announced the reduction of the six leg competition to five with venues also affected by the changers. The second leg which was schedule to hold in Enugu on 27th of April, will now take place in Benin on same date.
After Benin, the golden league train will move to Ilorin for the third leg on the 11th of May while Port Harcourt will host the fourth leg on 25th May. The 2013 AFN/Solid Works Golden League final will be hosted in Warri on 8th June at the Warri City Stadium.