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World Athletic Championship: Athletes will give good account of themselves-AFN Assures



Joel Ajayi

As world Athletic Championship WAC, in Budapest, Hungary is around the corner, Athletic Federation of Nigeria AFN has assured that Nigerians athletes will indeed, give good account of themselves in the world event.

President of AFN Tonobok Okowa stated this on Thursday in Abuja shortly after the extra ordinary emergency congress where grey areas from constitution were ratified and chat a way forward for the Federation’s progress.

“As we speaks, we are set for Abuja all commers on Friday while the golden league will come up on Saturday, inside Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja, we are doing all these to prepare our athletes for the task ahead.

“After which are going to have trials for the World Athletic Championship coming up in Budapest in Hungary and I can assure you, when tournament will start Nigerian athletes will give good account of themselves that every Nigerians will be proud of.” He said.

Speaking on the reasons for the emergency congress, AFN President said that, the congress meet to have understanding of the constitution, saying that after the congress, AFN now have a good constitution that will progress the Federation for years.

“The congress was called for the understanding of our constitution, there some issues that need our urgent attention because tenure of this government is going to an end in couples of days, so there is need for the congress to fine-tune things in the constitution that would align with code of governance in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development guildline for the sports federation.

“And we have treated the matter and now we can say, we have a good constitution that will guide AFN for number of years.”

Tonobok, however urged all the stakeholders to not allow unnecessary bickering that will not bring growth to the Federation but should always channeled their energy on issues that will grow the Federation further.

Also speaking was, President of Nigeria Olympic Committee NOC Engr. Habu Gumel who called on the sports federations especially Athletic Federation of Nigeria AFN to leave no stone unturned to ensure the winning of gold medal especially at the forthcoming 2024 Olympic Paris in France.

Gumel laments inability of Nigeria to win gold in Olympic games since 1996.

He said: “The last time Nigeria won gold medal in Olympic history is 1996, when team Nigeria won gold in football Atlanta 1996, since then, it’s bronze, silvers and as we speak Nigeria is tire of winning bronze or silver.

“That is why I am calling on all federations especially AFN to work hard and break this jinx for Nigeria.”

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Sports Minister Hands Over Leadership To Permanent Secretary



The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has handed over the leadership of the Ministry to the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar as the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration ended on Monday. 

At the Handing Over Ceremony held today at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, the Minister thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve his Fatherland. 

He stated that the appointment enabled him to have a better knowledge and understanding of the challenges of governance as well as that of the youth in particular, adding that it also afforded him with the opportunity to  look out ways to profer solutions on complex issues in relation to governance. 

Dare who stated further that the portfolio also afforded him the avenue to encourage Nigerian youth to take up sports as a career for the socio-economic development of the country, called on them to also support the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Administration for enhanced development of the sector.

Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar commended Mr. Sunday Dare for his laudable initiatives in the Ministry.

While thanking the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration for creating an enabling environment for the sector to thrive, he pledged the support and cooperation of the staff and Management of the Ministry to the in coming Administration led by President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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