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Athletes flood Calabar for Olympic trials

BY BEN EFE
Nigerian foreign and local based athletes have arrived in Calabar preparing for the All Nigeria/Cross River Championships, which begin Tuesday at the U.J Esuene Stadium.

Athletics Federation of Nigeria president, Solomon Ogba after meeting with Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke last night disclosed that all was now set for a very competitive trials that will put to test the preparedness of Nigerian athletes for the London 2012 Olympics and the African Championships billed for next week in Benin Republic.

“We have done all the necessary preparations for the trials. It remains for the athletes to come and prove that they deserve a place in the Nigerian team to the Olympics and African championships,” Ogba stated.

Apart from the trials the Nigerian men’s 4×100 and 4x400m relay teams will attempt to launch themselves into the world top 16 qualifiers after they failed to achieve the feat at the Warri Relays and grand prix last week. The women have already qualified, but they still need to run a faster time to guarantee their stay in the top 16.


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