The track events have commenced
The athletics event of the 18th National Sports Festival got up to a thrilling start on Tuesday at the tracks of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, with the host state claiming the first gold medal.
Expectedly, the main attraction for those following the games is the 100metres men and women’s finals, which will take place Wednesday to produce Nigeria’s fastest man and woman on the home front.
Team Lagos’ Aminat Olowora on Tuesday emerged champion in the women’s 1500metre to win the first gold medal of the athletics event.
Olowora, a former table tennis-turned distant runner, beat national champion, Delta’s Deborah Pam to claim the coveted gold.
The athlete, who won the only medal in athletics event for Team Lagos at Rivers 2011 has also promised to add the 10000 metres events to her medal haul.
Meanwhile, the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN, says it will aggressively hunt for talents at the athletics event of the 18th National Sports Festival, NSF.
The Technical Director of AFN, Omatseye Nesiama, told reporters in Lagos that those identified would be managed by the federation.
He said so far only a male talent has been spotted. He did not disclose the name but only hinted that he is competing in the 400 metres.
“I have my eyes on him because he is very good, he looks raw but with adequate training he can become refined,’’ he said.
The likes of Falilat Ognukoya-Omagabemi, Mary Onyali and several other performers for Nigeria cut their teeth at previous editions of the National Sports Festival.
Nesiama, a newly promoted Navy Commodore, however, disclosed that the AFN had since dispatched scouts to monitor all two athletic venues for talents.
He added that the AFN would be targeting the athletes that are between the ages of 24 and below for sprints so that they would have a lot of time ahead of them in their career.
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