By Ben Efe
Nigerian athletes and coaches who arrived Nairobi, Kenya for a full week training before the African Championships begin on Thursday, have been hampered by lack of training facilities.
The athletes had to compete for training space with their Kenyan counterparts at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani. And coach Gad Onumaegbu said that this was not proper as the athletes are being exposed to their competitors before the major event.
â€œThe weather is good for our athletes, but we donâ€™t like the issue that we have to share the same training venue with our rivals, because someone may pick your secrets,â€ said Onumaegbu.
This notwithstanding, hurdler Samuel Okon who won silver in 2008Â in Addis Ababa said that he would make it gold this time around despite the presence of South Africa’s top contenders like Lehann Fourie, who has the fastest time in Africa a 13.44 seconds he did in May.
â€œI lost the 2008 gold medal to a South African after I hit a hurdle with my leg that slowed me down, but this time Iâ€™m going for gold. My season’s best is 13.68 which I ran last month in Lagos during our Classic and I plan to improve on it,â€ Okon said.