IAAF com­mends AFN on grass­roots de­vel­op­ment

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The In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions (IAAF) has com­mended the Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion of Nigeria (AFN) for its grass­roots de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes.

Henry Amike, the Pres­i­dent of the Nigeria As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Tech­ni­cal Of­fi­cials, con­firmed this in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day in Abuja.

Amike said that IAAF com­mended AFN for the proper or­gan­i­sa­tion and of­fi­ci­at­ing of Nigeria’s fore­most ju­nior Ath­let­ics cham­pi­onship, Dr D. K. Olukoya U-18 Na­tional Ath­let­ics cham­pi­onship and the Golden League.

The U-18 cham­pi­onship was held in Fe­bru­ary at Dipo Dina Sta­dium, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun, with more than 600 ath­letes par­tic­i­pat­ing.

“The IAAF was pleased with the man­ner in which the fed­er­a­tion had been or­gan­is­ing the cham­pi­onship with proper record keep­ing of ath­letes’ data.

“It also com­mended the AFN for the smooth run­ning of our league with par­tic­u­lar ref­er­ence to grass-roots youth de­vel­op­ment.

“We are very pleased to re­ceive such com­men­da­tion from a highly es­teemed world ath­let­ics gov­ern­ing body at this time when we have just con­cluded our first Golden League of the year in Abuja.

“This will en­cour­age the fed­er­a­tion to do more and im­prove on our other pro­grammes,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Amike, the first Golden League of the year will served as tri­als for three forth­com­ing ma­jor cham­pi­onships.

“They are the Africa Youth Cham­pi­onship in Gaborone, Botswana; the IAAF World Ju­nior cham­pi­onships in Ore­gon, U.S. and the Youth Olympic Games in Nan­jing, China,” he said.

He noted that the Golden League, which be­gan four years ago, has grown to be­come the na­tion’s num­ber one ju­nior cham­pi­onship.

Amike, who is also the Pres­i­dent of Nigeria Olympians As­so­ci­a­tion, added that the league now also serves as trial for ma­jor con­ti­nen­tal and global cham­pi­onships and meets. (NAN)

Obinna Metu of Nigeria and Adam Gemili of Great Bri­tain com­pete in the Men’s 100m Round 1 Heats of the Lon­don 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Sta­dium.

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