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Club owners rally behind AFN's programmes

02 May 2013, 13:00

Lagos - Athletics club owners have resolved to support the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN)’s performance-based standards set for athletes.

It was resolved that the Golden League would remain and that AFN standards should be upheld to encourage improved performance of athletes.

A communiqué released at the end of a joint meeting of AFN and club owners in Abuja on Tuesday also resolved that henceforth, only state athletics associations, clubs, military and para military should register their athletes afresh for the 2013 athletics season.

It also resolved that henceforth all athletes interested in competing in the Golden League must register and compete under state clubs, military or para military bodies.

It, however, requested that points gained in achieving the national record performance should attract additional financial rewards.

The club owners noted the AFN’s technical strategic plan was good and gave their full support to it, including the strategic plan of making the Golden League performance-based.

It said that unattached athletes should no longer be entertained in all AFN-organised events, except during the All Nigeria Championships, where the foreign-based athletes were usually invited as unattached.

Every state association, clubs, military and para military should be given time to avail their athletes of the full contents of the AFN Code of Conduct.

It noted that, thereafter, athletes should be expected to sign the attestation form attached to the Code of Conduct, which would be returned to AFN.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Technical Committee, at the beginning of the year, made changes in the rules guiding the Golden League.

The committee also began the new standards, with the first leg of the Golden League in Shagamu, which was held in March.

However an undisciplined behaviour, led by some athletes, frustrated the staging of the 2nd leg of the league in Benin from April 26 to 27.

Subsequently, three athletes alleged to have instigated a boycott of the Benin event were then suspended for three years by AFN.

The three are Saheed Osanyande, Lekan Soetan and Afeez Imama.

Twelve clubs were represented at the joint meeting in Abuja.


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