Nigeria Athletics to start new season in Lagos

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. Photo credit: Sun Newspaper

Section: Sports
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After making appreciable impact on the tracks in 2014, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, have released a loaded calendar of activities for 2015 that would be effectively kick starting in Lagos in February.

With the affiliations cum registration of clubs and athletes now concluded, the first AFN event for the year will be the 5th Edition of Dr. D. K. Olukoya Youth and Junior Athletics Championships which has been scheduled to hold on 6th and 7th February 2015 in Lagos.

The AFN through its Secretary General, Olumide Bamiduro, reiterated that only athletes between ages of 16/17 (athletes born in 1998, 1999 or 2000) and 18/19 (athletes born in 1996 and 1997) are eligible to participate in the youth and junior events respectively.

The AFN also stated that the Dr. D. K. Olukoya Youth and Junior Athletics Championships will be used to select the country’s athlete to the African Junior Championships that will be staged in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from March 4 to 8.

Aside the African Junior Championships, the month of March will also witness amongst other events; the National Over-distance Open Competition to be staged in Abuja as well as the AFN All-Comers Competition to be held in Sapele, Delta state.

Also in March the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and Cross Country championships will be taking place in Denmark and China respectively.

For April, all eyes will be on Calabar for the National Sports Festival while the country is also expected to feature in the MT. SAC and Penn Relays in the United States.

For May, the Uyo Invitational Meet and Warri Grand Prix/Relay are top on the cards.

Akure and Ile-Ife will be agog in June when the Golden League train zooms into the ancient city for the second and third legs of the competition.

While the year is loaded with varying events, the peak of the bunch will be in August and September when the big guns will be competing in the World Championships in Beijing China and the 11th -All Africa Games coming up in Brazzaville, Congo.

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