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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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The future starts now (Part 2)

Last week, I started this series by highlighting the  achievements of two of Nigeria’s most promising athletes in recent times, Tobi Amusan (100m Hurdles) and Ese Brume (Long Jump), who were both nominated in the ‘Track and Field Star of the Year’ category of the 2018 Nigerian Sports Awards held in November, and how Nigeria ought to be investing in them ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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The future starts now Part 1

At the 2018 Nigerian Sports Awards which was held last week, a winner emerged from the three athletes who made the final cut in the Track and Field Star of the Year category. Incidentally, all three nominees are female: Ese Brume (Long Jump), Joy Udo-Gabriel (100m/200m), and Tobi Amusan (100m Hurdles). All three nominees had a phenomenal 2018, but it was Amusan who eventually won the award.

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