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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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Fabrice Zango: Lesson for Nigeria athletics

Less than a week ago, 2018 African Champion in the men’s Triple Jump, Hugues Fabrice Zango from Burkina Faso took the world of Athletics by storm when he leapt to an African Indoor Record and World Lead of 17.58m to win the event at the Meeting de Paris on January 27th. Zango’s new African Record places him on 20th position on the all-time Indoor list.

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Is Fabian Edoki Nigeria’s new Long Jump star?

Sometime last year, one of my write-ups on this platform centred on Nigeria’s dwindling performance in the men’s Long Jump and the need to regain our dominance in the event, having produced greats like Yusuf Alli, Ajayi Agbebaku and Paul Emordi in the past. I also lamented about how it had become increasingly difficult to produce Nigerian male jumpers who could attain distances of 8.00m and beyond.

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The 19th National Sports Festival and matters arising

The long awaited 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) eventually came to an end last week, officially bringing the 2018 season to a close. The NSF was thrown open to elite and amateur athletes alike, and one argument that dominated the landscape in the course of the 10-day competition, was whether or not foreign-based athletes should be allowed to compete at the NSF.

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