Athletes run, run, run
Event sponsors NNPC/Mobil have releases the over 5 million naira prize money for this week endâ€™s track and field championship holding at the National Stadium Abuja.
Consultant to Mobil on the Championship Mr. Paul Bassey confirmedÂ that the money was ready for collection â€œyes you can quote me on this. The money is ready. All the athletes have to do is go out there and do their stuff.â€
Mr. Bassey went further to break down the prize money saying all first place finishers are guaranteed fifty thousand naira cash, second place, thirty thousand naira and third place get twenty thousand naira, while the jackpot prize of one million naira will go to the best athlete of the meet. 135 winners are to benefit.
â€œDo not forget that these are just additional incentives. The greatest prize of all is the ticket to represent the country at the World Athletics Championship. Athletes who will compete this week end will therefore have at the back of their mind the greater incentive of making the countryâ€™s list to the World Championship in Berlinâ€ Mr. Bassey said.
It will be recalled that the AFN has also ruled that athletes can only receive their entitlements including qualification for Berlin after they have been declared â€˜cleanâ€™ of any dope by the doctor Amao led medical committee.