Olympians, Yusuf Ali and Tina Iheagwam, have advised the National Sports Commission (NSC) to start early camping of athletes in preparation for the All Africa Games scheduled for Maputo, Mozambique, in September.
The ex-Olympians told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos that early camping and athletes’ welfare were imperative for Nigeria’s success at the Games.
According to them, boosting the morale of the athletes by early commencement of camping and prompt release of funds for the competition will go a long way in ensuring excellent performance.
Ali commended the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for the successful conduct of the just concluded Golden League.
Ali commended the organisers and sponsors of the event for the N2 million earmarked as prize for the best athletes.
“I was impressed by the outcome of the league because each athlete that won got the prize money of N500,000 for the first time,” he said.
Similarly, Iheagwam, a gold medallist at the All Africa Games in Egypt, advised that qualified athletes should be moved to camp immediately after the National Sports Festival.
“We should stop using fire-brigade approach. As soon as the National Sports Festival is over, qualified athletes should be camped to help them correct their lapses,” she said.
Iheagwam stressed the need for a good welfare package for the athletes, warning that poor remuneration could jeopardise the country’s chances at the Games.
The ex-Olympian, however, disagreed with Ali on the success of the recently concluded Golden League.