Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: We are fit and ready to go- Alli

Blessing Okagbare

Yussuf Ali believes the Nigerian Athletics team will make Nigeria proud at the games

Team Nigeria track and field team at the ongoing Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, are eagerly looking forward to Sunday when athletics, the mother of all sports, will take the centre stage.

The venue is Hampden Park, a football stadium in Mount Florida area of Glasgow.

With a seating capacity of 52,025, it serves as the national stadium of football in Scotland, it is also used for music concerts and other sporting events, but from Sunday till Saturday it will be the home of athletics.

The stadium which had to be reconfigured for athletics will be graced by some of the best legs in track and field in the Commonwealth of Nations.

> British crowd favourite Mo Farah will be competing. Athletics enthusiasts, who will throng to watch over 1000 athletes fight for over 50 gold medals, will be delighted as Usain Bolt the Jamaican six-time Olympic champion will be running the 4x100m relay.

For Team Nigeria track and field team, Glasgow Games medal haul may be better than Delhi 2010 Games.

Technical Co-Coordinator of the track and team Yussuf Alli, a gold medalist at the Auckland 1990 Commonwealth Games, revealed that fleet footed queen of track and field, Blessing Okagbare, is a contender for the ultimate medal in 100m, 200m, Long Jump and 4x100m.

The absence of Fraser-Pryce mean Okagbare is the lady to beat for the 100m and 200m gold medal.

Alli also tipped the 4x400m women, 200 women, Long Jump, Triple Jump, 110m hurdles, 4x400m, and 4×100 women as events that Team Nigeria track and field team has good chances of winning medals.

Alli revealed that Nigerian athletes are in going spirit, injury-free, and ready to go.

He urged Nigerians to wish the team well and pray for them success.


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