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Returning to the Glorious Days of our National Championships 2

Championships

A few weeks ago, my piece titled ‘Returning to the glorious days of our National Championships’ was a lamentation of how our National Athletics Championships are now a far cry from what was obtainable in the past, where fans and athletes alike all knew they would be treated to the best of performances because Nigeria’s best athletes home and abroad would all assemble to fight for their spots on the National team.

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Nigeria’s ‘no-show’ in Napoli, one miss too many

As the curtain falls on the 2019 World University Games in Napoli, Italy, it would be on record that Nigeria did not send a team to the biennial championship, which is in its 30th edition. This is what happens when no form of accountability is required from our administrators, neither are sanctions meted out to erring officials who time and time again, bungle Nigeria’s participation in international competitions.

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Athletes

Celebrating one of Nigeria’s Athletics icons, Deji Aliu

The 21st of February, 2019, marked the 20th anniversary of DejiAliu’s 60m National Record, and his 50m African Record. Considering that we are still in the indoor season (at least for athletes based abroad), I felt it would be worthwhile to dedicate today’s column to Aliu who is one of only eight men from Nigeria to have ever run under 10sec in the men’s 100m. He is also ranked the 6th fastest Nigerian in the 200m on the all-time list.

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