National stadium to host Golden League competition

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has picked the National Stadium Abuja as the venue to kick off its prime event, the 2014 Golden League competition.

It would be recalled that at the AFN Press briefing in February, federation’s technical committee announced that the venue would be decided in due course.

According to the chairman of the committee, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, all states and clubs registered with the federation are expected to prepare in all respects for the commencement of the Athletics Season proper.
He also informed that efforts would be made to assist athletes prepare better for major competitions and also to bring more competitions to the Northern Part of the Country.

Unveiling the new event,  Nesiama said in collaboration with the High Performance System, the federation  has concluded plans for the staging of a regular ‘Athletics Twilight Meet’ in Abuja.

“This is so-called because it is designed to hold between the hours of 6pm-8.30pm on Fridays of the weeks it would be held. The first of the series is scheduled to hold on Friday 4th April 2014.

“The first objective is to make available more competitions for the athletes to be able to express themselves and prepare for better performance.”

According to him, “The second objective is to provide template for staging of competitions that could be cheaper to conduct and therefore attractive to an array of sponsors.

Third objective of the competition is to provide a good complement to the Golden League.

It is expected that the top-10 across the range of events shall be given some token incentives for their effort.

Nesiama, who is member of the CAA tech/competition commission also said that the AFN was soliciting for private and corporate support for this meet which “is the first of its kind in the country.”

To this end, he revealed that the federation’s technical committee members have decided to make personal sacrifices to ensure the meet holds whether or not there are sponsors.

“We are in touch with the NSC to assist with making the stadium available with the required lighting. We trust that our amiable Minister as well as the Director General would come to our aid in this area.  Interested athletes would be required to register online at least five days before the Meet.”

He stressed that details of the meet shall be communicated in the coming days through the AFN website.

He appealed for the patronage of athletic lovers from all over the country to embrace this new initiative.

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