By Ben Efe
Athletics Federation of Nigeria technical officials are faced with the dilemma of reducing the performance standard set for this year’s Golden League as athletes failed to meet up with the mark at the first leg of the meet held Saturday in Sagamu, Ogun State.
It would be a difficult task for the athletes to meet the World Championships performance standard set by the AFN for the athletes to garner scoring points that will qualify them to earn monetary rewards in the five legs of the meet.
Consequently, the athletes held a meeting and made their observation known to the hierarchy of the AFN in Sagamu.
“We might be forced to review the Golden League standard. The AFN will look at the situation, before the next golden league in Benin.
“One thing that is clear here, is that we might not get any athlete to participate in Benin if we don’t come up with what the athletes want to hear,” said a top official of the AFN.
AFN boss Solomon Ogba who was speaking after the event remarked that it was the first meet of the season, adding that he expected improved performances from the struggling athletes.
“What we had was a mixed bag of performances. Some of the times returned were okay, but some were disappointing.”