Nigeria’s top athletes will vie for Olympic slots at the All Nigeria/Cross River Championships in Calabar next week and Athletics Federation of Nigeria president, Solomon Ogba declared that world standard performances should be expected from the athletes.
Nigerian athletes home and abroad will face the ultimate test when they compete for the right to represent Nigeria at the London 2012 Olympics starting in July. Only a handful of athletes have met the entry standards, but according to Ogba record breaking performances are in the offing.
“From what I have seen I’m positive we will have world standard performances.
“We have a couple of junior athletes who are coming up and I expect all those long standing national records to be broken,” said the former Delta State commissioner for sports.
Apart from the Olympics, the AFN will also select the athletes who will represent Nigeria at the African Championships beginning June 27 in Port Novo Benin Republic.
“We are sending a very strong team to Benin. This is with the aim of maintaining our top position in Africa.”