ByÂ Onochie Anibeze, in Berlin
AFN President Solomon Ogba said yesterday that the inability of Nigerian athletes to even get to the medal range should not demolarise the Nigerian team but should be seen as a wake up call to shoulder greater challenges.
â€œThe standards here are high, higher than what happened at the last Olympics, so we should all wake up to the challenges,â€ he told the athletes while visiting them at their Berlin Hotel. â€œI am happy that three of our athletes have recorded their personal best performances here.
That, to me, is something good because with the state of athletics, nobody expected us to come here and beat Usain Bolt or Sanya Richards. But we will push to re-engineer sports again and see what happens in the Commonwealth Games and the London Olympics. From the time we came on board to now is too short a time for us to turn things around. We hope to change things but they will not be overnight.â€
Egwero Ogho ran 10.19, his personal best and Amaka Ogoegbunam with 55.80secs and Tosin Oke 16.87 in Tripple Jump recorded personal bests.