Pained by their chaotic outing at the 2017 World Athletics
Championships in London last August, top Nigerian athletes have
called on the Athletics Federation of Nigeria to get its acts together
and plan ahead for the 2018 season.
Running on Empty…Nigeria quatermiler, Patience Okon-George taking
on the world with little or no support.
This is just as the Commonwealth Games billed for April 4-15, 2018
is beckoning. There is also the CAA African Championships later in the
year, but there has been no word of a training programme to the
athletes from the AFN. Members of the newly inaugurated board are
still at daggers drawn over who takes control of the various
“I am currently training on my own knowing full well that 2018 is
going to be a busy year,” said 400m runner Patience Okon-George
“We didn’t prepare very well last season because of the politicking. It
really affected us in our international competitions.
“Sadly the issue is still lingering and I want the AFN members to put
their acts together as quickly as possible so that we can start our
preparations for the Commonwealth Games and the African
championships, which we are hosting.
“We have athletes who are working on their own, but up till now
nobody from the AFN has called us concerning our programmes for
2018.We must have to break from the past and begin to do the right
things to reposition our track and field,”
Long jumper Ese Brume also spoke in the same vein.
“I am trying to get myself prepared for 2018. Last season I trained
almost on my own and that affected my performance at the World
“We can only look forward to a new begin in athletics management in
the coming season,” said the soft spoken Brume who is the 2014
Common-wealth Games champion.