Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has fixed trials for the 2016 Rio Olympics for July 7-9 in Sapele, Delta State.
Speaking in a press conference in Lagos, the AFN announced that the 2016 National Trials will be
merged with the Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) Grand Prix, with both
events slated to hold in same venue in Delta State.
According to the AFN president Solomon Ogba, the trials will hold on the 7th and
8th respectively, while the Grand Prix also known as the Warri Relays, will
take place on Saturday, July 9th.
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However, it was communicated that certain standards must be
met before an athlete can qualify to compete in Sapele. The only events without
standards are the long distances.
For instance male athletes must have at least clocked 10.75s
to compete in the 100m, while their female counterparts must have posted 11.80s
to qualify for the competition. For the 200m, male sprinters must have returned
a time of 21.55s, and the women, 24.50s.AFN also states that the list of athletes going
for next month’s IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland will be released by
the 4th of July.
- News24 Nigeria