Chief Tonobok Okowa, President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has said that the era of late preparations for international events was over.
He affirmed that the new board of the AFN had resolved to toe a path that would bring Nigeria back to it’s glory days in athletics.
Chief Okowa who spoke with Newsmen said that the AFN was working round the clock to ensure that no stone was left unturned whenever the nation was preparing for international meets.
The AFN President said that the board would always endeavor to be abreast with the happenings in athletics globally and be in tune with latest development in the sport to prepare the nations athletes adequately and on time.
He said Team Nigeria’s contingent to the World Athletics Under Twenty Junior Championship which began today in Kenya had undergone adequate preparations after being camped for over three weeks.
Chief Okowa who is the Executive Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission said the AFN would work to correct perceived mistakes by it’s predecessors saying the new board would also work with stakeholders towards developing the sport in Nigeria.
Chief Okowa stated that the AFN would need the support of both governments at various levels as well as the private sector to help in enhancing the development of athletics in Nigeria stressing that the nation was blessed with enormous talents that could hold their own against their counterparts from other parts of the world.
He called on the athletes to the World Junior Under-twenty Athletics Championship not to let the nation down as they carried the hopes of over two hundred million Nigerians