Athletes and coaches who represented Nigeria at the last African Youth Athletics Champio-nships in Warri, Delta State had course to smile after they were hosted to a dinner by President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja during the week and were rewarded with N500, 000 each.
One of the coaches who was with the team, Isaac Ikhabome Osagie exclaimed that they were simply blown away by the largesse, stressing that it was a long time since such gesture came the way of track and field athletes.
“We are still expecting the money though. We haven’t received it, but we are excited about the President’s largesse. Honestly we weren’t expecting it after what happened to the team that won the African championships last year in Benin Republic.
“I must also commend the AFN president, Solomon Ogba for his untiring efforts at getting athletics recognized in Nigeria,” said Ikhabome-Osagie.
Nigeria topped the medals table of the maiden AYAC with 13 gold medals. And most of the athletes who achieved the feat have been in camp preparing for the IAAF world youth champio-nships in Ukraine.