We’re building Nigerian athletics from scratch, says AFN boss

• Access Bank Lagos City Marathon targets
IAAF Gold Label
President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria
(AFN), Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau has declared
that his administration would have to re-
build the nation’s track and field from the
scratch saying: “We have lost athletics.” He
spoke yesterday during a press conference
to herald the 2018 edition of the Access
Bank Lagos City Marathon.
Gusau, who took over from Chief Solomon
Ogba, following his election during the
sports federations’ polls on June 13, said
yesterday in Lagos that he had already set
machineries in motion to rebuild athletics in
the country.
“We know where Nigerian athletics used to
be, but we lost it,” he said. “Now, we are
doing everything possible to put it back.
Part of my acceptance speech, when I took
over was to go to the grassroots. And very
soon, Nigerians will see a brand new AFN
and best athletics the world will be proud
of,” Gusau stated.
The AFN boss was full of praises to Lagos
State government, sponsors and organisers
of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon,
assuring that his administration would give
it the backing it need to become the best
road race in the world.
The chairman of Lagos State Sports
Commission, Deji Tinubu, who represented
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said that
they will continue to back the Access Bank
Lagos City Marathon saying: “This is one
event that has put Lagos on the world map
and we will continue to provide the
enabling environment for the marathon
Chief Executive Officer and Group managing
director of Access Bank plc, Herbert Wigwe
disclosed yesterday that the 3rd edition of
the race billed for February 10, 2018 would
be bigger than last year’s edition. “I have
been told that over 100,000 runners will
take part in this year’s edition. I am happy
the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has
been given the IAAF Bronze Label, and our
target is to get the Gold Label as quickly as
possible. When we started two years ago,
people were asking what we intended to
get from this project, but today, I am happy
that the race is rated as one of the best in
the world,” Wigwe stated.
One of the new things introduced for the
2018 edition of the race is the introduction
of 10km race, in which two cars have been
donated by GAC Motors as top prizes by
winners in both male and female category.
Project Consultant, Bukola Olopade as well
as General Manager of the marathon, Yusuf
Ali said the 10km race is opened to any
individual resided in Nigeria regardless of
their nationality.
“We approved the 10km race for next year
marathon, and this will bring more
excitement to the Access Bank Lagos City
Marathon,” Olopade stated. “We are very
grateful to GAC Motors for the two cars they
have donated for the winners of the men
and women’s 10km races.”
None of my Bizness..
(03-11-2017, 04:03 PM)emeks Wrote: None of my Bizness..

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