By Ben Efe
Lagos State sports officials have reneged on a promise to help the Athletics Federation of Nigeria accommodate its athletes for the conditioning camp ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
The camping exercise is expected to start today in Abuja with 74 athletes and 24 coaches. The AFN had planned to have two camps; one in Lagos and the other in the Federal Capital Territory, but that of Lagos it was gathered will not hold as the AFN has been asked to cough out N2m for its athletes to be kept at the Teslim Balogun Stadium Hostels.
AFN president Solomon Ogba had met with Lagos State sports council officials at the Rowe Park in Yaba Lagos, where they got assurances that Lagos will help with accommodate, but on long run the AFN was told to pay for the services.
Top athletes like Oghene-Egwero and Obinna Metu are among 74 athletes that will undergo what was described as “Physiological and biomechanic assessment” by the technical director of the AFN Omatseye Nesiama.
A release signed Navy Commodore Nesiama directed the athletes and coaches to report at the NSCDC training academy along Umar Musa Yar ‘Adua Road (Airport Road) Abuja today.
Names of athletes invited to camp are as follows (Women) Abike Egbeniyi, Abiye David Joy, Abugan Folasade , Ada Benjamin, Adekoya Oluwakemi, Amadi Chinazom, Asedo Queensly, Bridget Ekongolo,, Brume Ese , Daramola Feyisayo, Deborah Adewale, Efe Favour,Goodness Thomas, Ibrahim Blessing Ibukun, Josephine Ehigie, Miriam Bassey. Nwaogu Ann, Odeyemi Deborah, Omotosho Omolara, Ossai Rita Vivian, Patience Okon, Queen Henshew, Queen Obisesan, Rebecca Temidayo Osinbajo, Sanni Ruth Awute, Sarah Malagu, Sule Justina, Uko Peace, Uwakwe Nkiruka, Chime Nkechi, Aniefuna Judith Anulika, Folake Balogun, Philimena Ihekandu, Magaret Boluwafi. For men, Adams Samuel, Adeyemi Kazeem, Agboola Daniel, Agu Justine C.Akerele Omeiza, Akinniyi Nicholas, Anthony Egode.