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AFN golden league confuses coaches

Coaches preparing their athletes for local competitions have called on the Athletics Federation of Nigeria to come out clean on information regarding the organisation of  its ‘Golden League’ billed to start on March 26 in Kaduna.

Some of the coaches who spoke their minds on the Golden League series, lamented that the AFN was confusing them with the competition as they have no clear cut policy with regards the organization and reward for the athletes who will participate in the meet.

“At first they said the Golden League will start March 19 and now it is March 26. Besides we don’t have any information on what the athletes will receive for participating in the meet.

“You don’t expect the athletes to travel to Kaduna all on their own. It would be nice if the AFN can come clear on what to expect,” said high jump coach, Kola Adebayo.

Also speaking in the same vein was coach Lati Michael Obisesan. He argued that there was no information on the activities of the AFN, a situation which has put athletes and coaches on the path of uncertainty.

“This was not how it used to be in the past. Everyone was fully aware of the programmes of the federation and then we prepared towards participating, but now,  no one can really tell what is going to happen next,” said the veteran coach.

However, technical and performance director of the AFN, Sunday Bada allayed the fears of the coaches. He confirmed that the competition will hold next weekend adding that details are still being worked out hence the scarcity of information.

“There is going to be cash prizes for the first three athletes. And there is a 10,000 dollar bonus for any of the athletes who stays undefeated in all the six legs of the meet.

“For now all I can tell the athletes is to train hard and work towards improving on their performance,” said the Sydney 2000 Olympics 4x400m gold medalist.


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