Lagos - The cream of Nigerian athletes will Saturday, May 14
2016 converge in Abuja for the first leg of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria
(AFN) Golden League Meet.
After setting the tone with the All-Comers event in Lagos
last week, the stage is now set for stiffer contests at the National Stadium in
Agnes Osazuwaa, Divine Oduduru, Blessing Ibrahim and Adams
Samuel among others who all won their respective events in Lagos, will hope
they can build on their good start in Abuja on Saturday even as other athletes
are hoping to displace the early starters.
Olukayode Thomas, Head of the Media for the AFN said the
country’s top athlete on Saturday will be racing for mouth-watering cash prizes
on offer and more importantly for slots in the contingent to next month’s
African Athletics Championships in Durban and the Rio Olympics.
Also read: AFN holds All-Comers Event in Lagos
“Yes, the top athletes in the country will all be in Abuja
on Saturday to compete in the first leg of the Golden League Meet, aside the
cash prizes for deserving athletes, the AFN will be using the Golden League to
pick the team for African Championships.” He said.
The 2016 African Championships in Athletics which is the
20th edition will take place from 22 to 26 June 2016 in Durban (South Africa).
Nigeria finished as runners-up behind South Africa at the
last edition in Morocco and would be hoping to put up a more formidable
challenge this term.
Meanwhile, some of the events listed for Saturday’s Golden
League Meet include the men and women’s 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 1500m,
100m/110m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles.
The field events include the men and women’s Triple Jump,
Long Jump, Javelin throw, Shot put and a host of others. For
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