Determined to turn around the fortune of track and field in the country, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has put at stake N1million as jackpot prize money to be won at the newly introduced Golden League events.
The League opens this weekend with the Kaduna leg slated to hold at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on March 26 and 27th.Â But the caveat from the AFN is that, before any athlete can walk away with the N1million cheque, he or she must have won five of the six Golden League events.Â Apart from been affiliated to a club, state or military or paramilitary body, such an athlete must also have passed in and out of competition dope tests.
Maria Wophill, secretary of the AFN at the weekend listed events to compete in at the Golden League to include (Men): 100m, 400m, 800m, 400mhurdles, Triple Jump, High Jump, 4x100m and 4x400m.
The women are to compete in 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, 5000m, 400m hurdles, Long Jump, 4x100m and 4x400m.
â€œFor the League starting this weekend in Kaduna, we have prize money of N20, 000, N15, 000 and N10, 000 at stake for the first to third position respectively in all the events to be competed for. The jackpot prize of N1million is to be determined at the end of the League whether to be shared by all the athletes who met the criteria set for winning or a single candidate that excelled in his or her event,â€ observed the AFN scribe who is an ex international hand-baller.
She disclosed further that Friday would be an all comers affair while Saturday has been reserved for the Golden League events.
After Kaduna this weekend, the League moves to Ilaro in Ogun State where Gov Gbenga Daniel built a modern, state of the art sports complex. Lagos will take turn to host competing athletes and officials in the third leg while Makurdi and Owerri share the glory of the fourth and fifth leg. Oil city of Warri will host the final leg with fanfair where winner (s) of the jackpot will be presented his or prize money.