AFN im­plores Olympics-bound ath­letes to com­pete fairly

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The Tech­ni­cal Direc­tor, Athletics Fed­er­a­tion of Nige­ria (AFN), Omat­s­eye Ne­siama, yes­ter­day ad­vised the coun­try’s ath­letes to the Rio 2016 Olympics to be fo­cused and com­pete fairly.

Ne­siama in an in­ter­view, also urged those who would be at­tend­ing the Games for the first time to be con­fi­dent.

“My ad­vice for the first-time ath­letes is that they should be con­fi­dent of them­selves and be fo­cused on their per­for­mance at the Games.

“They should not get car­ried away by the fact that they have made the team. They must bear in mind that the coun­try ex­pects ev­ery ath­lete rep­re­sent­ing it to put in their very best whether they are first­timers or not. They must also com­pete fairly,” he said.

Ne­siama also im­plored the ath­letes not to con­tem­plate the use of per­for­mance en­hanc­ing drugs, not­ing that of­fend­ers would even­tu­ally be iden­ti­fied and banned.

“The best ath­letes are not those that use per­for­mance en­hanc­ing sub­stances but those that com­pete fairly, so, they should not even think of it.

“Any­one that uses per­for­mance en­hanc­ing drug will be fished out sooner or later and it will not be good for the ath­letes’ and coun­try’s im­age,” he said.

The Games are sched­uled for Aug. 5 to Aug. 21 in Brazil, while the athletics events com­mences on Aug. 12 to Aug. 21 at the Olympic Sta­dium. (NAN)

Nige­rian cen­tre Olu­mide Oyedeji hangs from the hoop after dunk­ing the ball dur­ing the Men's Pre­lim­i­nary Round Group A bas­ket­ball match be­tween Nige­ria and Tu­nisia at the Lon­don 2012 Olympic Games.

PHOTO: AFP

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