The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) will use this weekend’s all-comers competition to select the first set of athletes that will qualify for its first Classics competition which holds in Ado Ekiti at the end of the month. Loading… Brown Ebewele, the technical director of the Federation disclosed that a certain number of athletes will qualify either by position or time for the classics while the all-comers that will come a day before the Ado Ekiti event will be used to get the remaining set that will complete the line-up for each classics event. ‘We are re-introducing a model that worked perfectly for us in the past where athletes will qualify to run in the classics. We will have four athletes who will qualify from a classics event while the remaining four that will make up an eight-lane event will be selected at an all-comers event that precedes each meeting,’ said Ebewele. ‘What this will do is that it will engender competition among athletes as you will need to qualify for the Classics before you can be entitled to accommodation and transport subsidy. This is in addition to the prize monies on offer for each event,’ explained the AFN technical supremo. ‘It was during that time we got home-based athletes running very fast and world-class times.I remember Deji Aliu ran 10.02 seconds in Bauchi in one of the legs of the event in March 1995. Davidson Ezinwa completed a sensational sprint double in January 1990 in Bauchi where he ran 10.05 seconds over the 100m and 20.30 seconds in the 200m. There was so much competition then and this present board of the AFN wants to bring it all back.’ Ebewele is confident this weekend’s all-comers competition will be of great help to the athletes who have been training so hard without having an opportunity to gauge how far they have gone with their training, what needs to be corrected and how ready they are for the new season, especially the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival which will be used to select athletes for the first phase of camping for both the African Championships in Algeria this June and the Olympic Games in Japan in July/August. The AFN technical director advised athletes not to participate in the competition(s) not sanctioned by the AFN under the leadership of Honourable Olamide George. He also advised states not to allow their stadium to be used to organise events not sanctioned by the federation, especially events fraudulently organised in the name of AFN. ‘There is only one AFN recognised by the Federal Government and only known to Nigerian laws,’ said Ebewele saying article one of the AFN constitution made it abundantly clear that the AFN is one of the 38 sports associations under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development. Ebewele reminded state associations that they must be in good standing with the AFN before they can be allowed to participate in AFN events. Read Also:AFN board members reject Ogba’s resignation, ready to probe $150,000 IAAF grant The AFN All-Comers competition holds on Friday and Saturday at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.The athletes will arrive on Friday while the event proper takes place the next day. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Before I get into today’s topic, I would like to add a clarification to an article I ran last week. In the conference football championships, the scenario I was trying to report that one team could win a championship in their division and wind up with an overall 2-5 conference schedule (I think I said a 1-win team), almost came to pass this year in the EIAC 4A Division. Back to today’s article. I remember back when the teams would be fed after most athletic events. You would either have a sit down meal or you would stop at a local restaurant and have an allotted amount of money that you could spend. Being the 1950’s, the fast food restaurants were rare, so it was usually a local establishment that got the business. Typically, we would get $2 to spend. As you stop laughing, you need to remember that hamburgers, pop, and pie all cost 25cents. You could have 3 items and not even spend half of your money. Today, unless you go to McDonald’s and order their $1 specials, that same hamburger will cost well over the $2 limit we had. Pop is refilled, but it would also have taken up the $2. A piece of pie would cost $3 in a regular restaurant–somewhat cheaper at the fast food. Needless t0 say, in order for teams to be fed today, local restaurants have to donate all or part of the meal. If you stop somewhere after an away event, the athletes usually have to pay their own way. In fact, in most schools they even have to pay for their transportation. Let’s go back to the 50’s!
Shane Long will complete the perfect week when he leads Ireland out for Sunday’s friendly against Georgia. The 26-year-old West Brom striker has been handed the captain’s armband for what will be his 36th senior appearance for his country with manager Giovanni Trapattoni fielding a much-changed side. Long’s honour comes just days after he gave Ireland a dream lead against England at Wembley, and he said: “I didn’t think the week could get any better after Wednesday night.” Long added: “It was obviously a great thing for me to score at Wembley, but I think the biggest honour you can get is to captain your country and I was delighted to get the nod from the gaffer.” Long was only informed of his elevation after training in Malahide on Saturday morning when Trapattoni called him to one side. He said: “The boss kept the team close to his chest. He asked how many caps I had – and I might have exaggerated a little bit. But he told me I was the most-capped player and he me wanted to lead the team out tomorrow, and obviously it is a personal highlight for me.” It will be the first time Long has captained a senior team, although he had plenty of experience as both a footballer and a hurler during his younger days. He said: “It’s the first time I have been captain in my senior career, so I am really excited. In underage football, I got the captaincy quite a bit, but I have always been the young one in every squad so far, so it’s nice to get the nod.” Trapattoni opted for Long as his captain after confirming his progression from young to senior player, something which came as a surprise to the frontman. “It kind of came up fairly quickly on me. I have been in the squad a long time, I suppose, I have been with the lads a long time,” Long added. “I always dreamt of this day coming, so I am delighted it’s finally here. Normally, I’m fairly quiet on the pitch, but I think tomorrow will be different and I will be trying to help out the team as best I can.” Press Association