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Dalong Must Develop Athletics – Lawmaker

Lagos lawmaker, Mr Oluyinka Ogundimu, has urged the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalong, to restore Nigeria’s glory in track and field events alongside football. Ogundimu made the appeal early this week in Lagos. The sports enthusiast said that sports had the capacity to enhance the socioeconomic development and security of the nation. “The ministry of youth and sports …

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Osagie Targets Early Return

-Tom Commence Training For Rio 2016 Britain’s Nigerian-born London 2012 Olympic Games 800m finalist, Andrew Osagie has been sidelined with a recurring hamstring problem but is looking forward to getting back on track ahead of Rio Olympics. Currently working his way back after undergoing surgery in October, Osagie believes he is actually now in better shape that he has been …

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AFN Olympic Trails Hold July 7-9

-As Thomas Debunks Widespread Date The athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has debunked a report fron an online media platform that its national trials for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will come after the stipulated deadline for athlete’s qualification for the Olympics. In a chat with SportsDay on Monday morning, Head of Communication and Media of the federation, Olukayode Thomas …

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Nigeria, CAA In Solidarity With Diack

-Coach Backs Africa’s Support For Ex-IAAF Boss A Nigerian track and field coach has supported the decision of Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) to stand in support of former president of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Lamine Diack, who was recently entwined in the ongoing scandal rocking the global body. CAA president, Hamad Kalkaba Malboum said Tuesday in Cameroon …

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Kidnappers Release AFN Board Member

Kidnappers of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) board member, Professor Ken Anugweje have released the sports medicine specialist, few days after demanding a ransom of N20m from his family. Though details of the development were sketchy at press time, SportsDay learnt that Anugweje was set free without payment of any ransom, after he was kidnapped Wednesday in Port Harcourt. …

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AFN Member’s Kidnappers Demand N20m

-As Ransom For Prof Ken Anugweje’s Release Kidnappers of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) board member, Prof Ken Anugweje have demanded for the sum of N20m naira as ransom for his release. According to the Head, Media and Communication of the federation, Olukayode Thomas in a text message sent to SportsDay, the kidnappers contacted the family of Prof Ken on …

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AFN Board Member Kidnapped

– Ken Anugweje Abducted In Port Harcourt The nastiness of kidnapping in Nigeria took another dangerous dimension on Wednesday, as a board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN); Professor Ken Anugweje was kidnapped in Port Harcourt. SportsDay gathered that the man fondly called Prof Ken, who is also the AFN’s doping officer, was abducted in the early hours …

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Don’t Dump Nigeria – Coach

-Appeals To Athletes On Patriotism   A renowned athletics coach based in the eastern part of Nigeria has appealed to Nigeria athletes not to dump the country for Europe as he says there are more prospects running for Nigeria than other countries. According to the coach, who doesn’t want his name in print, an athlete who decide to nationalize for …

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Nigeria, Gambia Athletes Hit Port Harcourt

– Enter IAAF Centre For Rio Olympics Training Team Nigeria track and athletes have started arriving at the IAAF Training Centre at University of Port Harcourt, River State for foundation training for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Also at the IAAF Training Center are athletes from Gambia. The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) invited 22 athletes and four coaches for …

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AFN’s Olympic Standard Raises Dust

-Athletes Cry Foul Against High Grades -Others Sing Praise For Cash Motivation The Rio 2016 Olympic Games standard set by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is raising tension in some athletes as some who spoke with SportsDay on Thursday said it will be difficult for most Nigerian athletes to meet it. However, the athletes who spoke on condition of …

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