By Ben Efe
Nigerian athletics is set to receive a boost with the commissioning today, of the Port Harcourt high performance centre by the Confederation of Africa Athletics president, Hammad Malboum Kalkaba.
The project a partnership between the Athletics Federation of Nigeria and the world athletics ruling body IAAF, has been in the pipeline for two years. It is equipped with modern facilities obtainable in high performance centres around the world. It will provide Nigerian athletes the opportunity to train and at the same get university education.
“Almost everyone is here, though we are still expecting the CAA president. The opening ceremony will go as scheduled,” said Ken Anugweje a Professor of sports science who will manage the centre.
AFN technical director, Navy Commodore Omatsheye Nesiama believes that with the centre coming on stream, Nigerian athletics will experience a rapid growth.
“We are looking forward to rapid development of athletics in Nigeria. It was approved by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2013 and now that everything is on ground.
“As you know, the centre encompasses all aspects of athletics development. Local and international coaches will be on hand to train our athletes,” said Nesiama.
Also today, the AFN will conduct its All Comers meet in Port Harcourt. “The athletes are here ready to compete. The fuel situation in the country did not deter them,” added Prof. Anugweje.