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AFN, athletes settle Golden League rift

Barring unforeseen circumstances, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN Golden League will resume today in Ilorin, Kwara State.

The second leg of the Golden League sponsored by Solid Works Limited was truncated in Benin City on April 27 by athletes who protested the ‘high’ standards set for them to achieve before they could be entitled to financial rewards.

“We have received apologies from the athletes. And they have re-applied through their clubs as was directed by the AFN. So hopefully we should have the Golden League resuming in Ilorin on Saturday (today),” said AFN technical director, Navy Commodore Omatsheye Nesiama.

He added that the athletes have pledged to be of good conduct adding that: “There is no way we are reducing the standards. Those who cannot measure up would have to dropout. People have come to realise that the standards are even too low.”

Commenting on the issue, coordinator of the Cross River grassroots athletics development programme, Dr. Bruce Ijirigho stated that it was very important that the AFN resumes the Golden League as it was crucial to development of athletics in the country.

“It was a pity what happened in Benin. We sent a full team and spent a lot of money to get them there only for them not to compete. I hope that they will sort things out for the good of the sport.”


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