The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has reeled out a list of 12 athletes who would represent the country at the 16th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, USA later this month.
Topping the list of athletes to fly Nigeria’s flag in Portland, Oregon, is a former national 100m champion, Ogho-Oghene Egwero, alongside former Commonwealth triple jump champion, Tosin Oke.
Also in the list unveiled by the AFN is Cornel University, USA, Engineering graduate, Stephen Mozia, who has been in top form this year.
Eroyan Orukpe, Nigeria quarter-mile queen, Patience Okon-George, former USA junior international, Regina George, and American-turned Nigerian, Tameka Jameson, are all also included in the roster of athletes to help Nigeria challenge for medals at the 16th IAAF World Indoor Championships.
As reflected in the AFN list, Egwero will be running in the 60m where he has a tall order to match the heroics of Olusoji Fasuba, who is the only Nigerian ever to win an IAAF World Indoor 60m title.
For many, Mozia, who will be competing in the Shot-Put event is the country’s best hope for medals going by his phenomenal form this indoor season. He qualified for the championships with his 21.11m national record-setting throw in Nashville, Tennessee, USA on January 30.
Mozia is making his second consecutive appearance in the competition after flattering to deceive in his debut two years ago in Sopot, Poland, where he failed to advance beyond the qualifying group.
Also making her second consecutive appearance is former Nigeria 400m queen, Regina George.
She will however be competing in the 4x400m relay while reigning national champion, Okon George, will run in both the open 400m and the 1600 relay.
The 16th IAAF World Indoor Championships will run from March 17-20
THE FULL LIST
Adekunle Rilwan Fasasi-400m,4x400m
Oke Tosin-Triple Jump
Mozia Stephens-Shot Put
Patience Okon 400m,4x400m