…as All-Comers event takes centre stage
The Athletic Federation of Nigeria will kickstart its 2021 calendar of activities with the All-Comers competition taking place on Saturday at the Federal University of Technology in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The competition, the first in the calendar of events for the year is designed to help athletes gauge their level of preparedness for the National Sports Festival which begins next month on Valentine’s day in Benin City, Edo State.
Prince Adeniyi Adisa Beyioku who is the Secretary General of the AFN says the federation has written to all the states of the federation to make their athletes available for the competition. “Our sights are firmly on the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan and our programme of activities for the elite athletes are geared towards getting the them ready to qualify for their respective events and of course for the relays. Nigeria has not qualified for any of the five relay events scheduled for Tokyo and some of our athletes based here at home are integral parts of whatever relay teams we are putting together hence the need to offer them competition that will help in their training,’ said Beyioku.
The AFN Secretary General further revealed that training camp for the Olympics will open immediately after the festival at the end of February/early March and the federation has mapped out plans to ensure all its objectives for opening the camp are met.