President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria AFN, Tonobok Okowa has vowed not to relax but to continue raising the bar to win more medals for Nigeria at international tournaments.
The AFN boss gave this assurance on Tuesday when victorious Team Nigeria to the World U-20 Athletics Championship arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport Abuja from Kenya the venue of the meet.
While addressing journalists, the Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission explained that the federation will not leave any stone unturned, to ensure that athletes win more medals for the country in future meets.
Nigeria won total number of 7 medals; four (4) gold and three (3) bronze medals to finish third on the final medals table in Kenya.
According to him, “of course we have a programme that will keep these athletes, don’t forget that what we did to attain this level was just under one month, we ensured we camped our athletes, we made sure they were doing well before we left for Tokyo, we put all in place for their betterment and today, we can see the effect. We are going to do more to ensure they win more medals.
“Our plan is to start up programmes early enough so that we can achieve better. When we start up in very short period, you can’t get the best because in sports, there is always build up stages until you hit fitness, I don’t think they actually got their fitness before we traveled but they were able to do this feat so, we are going to keep our eyes on them, we are going to have programmes that we will use to monitor them especially those outside the country, to make sure that they are fit.
Next year, there are a lot of events, the Commonwealth, African Athletics Championship; we have about 5 event so, we must keep preparing them , we must have perfect build up stage that would prepare them.

 


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