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Adeyemi -Wilson wants Mobil back in athletics

Former Athletics Federation of Nigeria president, Yomi Adeyemi-Wilson is distressed that his former employers Mobil have dumped Nigerian athletics.

Adeyemi-Wilson who was president of the AFN from 1997-2001 noted that the oil giants have done so well with the national trials and cannot afford to pull out. He said that the championships have become traditional with Mobil and it was hard to describe the competition without mentioning Mobil.

Adeyemi-Wilson told associates that he would be appealing to Mobil where he served as external affairs director, to reconsider their stand on the sponsorship of the meet that it banked rolled for 21 years before pulling out unceremoniously, because the Cross River state government decided to partnership with the AFN to enhance the championship.

“Adeyemi-Wilson is not happy that Mobil pulled out the way they did. He wants them to come back to athletics sponsorship and he promised that he was going to talk to the hierarchy to reconsider their stand,” said a source close the former AFN boss.

Nigerian throwers get lift from ex-internationals

Former sprinter, Uchenna Emedolu was all smiles at the Cross River All Nigeria Championships. This was because he has been declared free to associate himself with the national team from which he was banned by the National Sports Commission, NSC.
The NSC banned Emedolu because he dared to ask for his allowances owed him from the Sydney 2000 Olympics. But Emedolu disclosed in Calabar that he has been given the all clear to coach in Nigeria and according to him he is working hard to produce budding athletes for the country.

“But at the same time I have not forgotten my allowances. They have to pay me my money and no matter the threats of ban would dissuade me from asking for my entitlements.

“I heard the information that the NSC has lifted the ban. This is good for me and the country that I represented so well. Without mincing words, I think I deserve a little respect from those in authority, because I labored to honor the country,” said Emedolu, famous for winning the 100m 2004 IAAF athletics World Cup in Granada, Spain.

Nigerian throwers get lift from ex-internationals

Former Nigerian internationals in the USA have contributed money to buy a box of throwing shoes for current throwers struggling to meet intentional standards.

These athletes include Adewale Olukoju who still holds Nigerian discus record at 67.80m, Grace Apiafi, Friday Enoye, Oke Ezeuka, Eric Opunna, Gabriel Opunna and Sunday Uti. These former athletes are desirous of seeing Nigerian throwers making an impact at the world level hence the donation and other incentives to boost that sector often neglected by the nation’s athletics ruling body.

“We also plan to invite US coaches to come to Nigeria and re-train our coaches.  In the past Nigerian made good showing in the throws, but now that is not the case and that was the reason we came together to task ourselves and do something positive to change that discipline,” said former national hammer throw champion, Gabriel Opunna.

Naturally, the local athletes were thrilled by this gesture. And according to leading hammer athlete, Baba Ibrahim, this would spur the athletes to do more than they are doing now.

“We are very pleased that the former internationals have remembered us. This would certainly challenge us to work hard and achieve what they achieved. We just hope that other former internationals would follow suit,” said Ibrahim who is still enjoying his N500,000 share of the AFN golden league jackpot.


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