November 28, 2021

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Okowa charges fans to encourage Relay teams to qualify for Olympics

The President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Tonobok Okowa has appealed to sports loving Nigerians to encourage the athletes and not talk them down as they bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics during the Lagos Open Athletics Championship holding today.

The one-day athletics meet billed for the Teslim Balogun stadium offers Team Nigeria another chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics Relay events.

They had failed in their last attempt at the National trials which held at Yaba College of Technology’s Sports Complex.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday in Lagos, Okowa said “We need everyone to work together as a team. We already have a good pep talk with the athletes and we are doing our best to make them ready.

“I am sure that the athletes are in good spirits, ready and I pray we get the qualification. We want everyone to come around to cheer the team to victory.”

The AFN President assured that the athletes are well motivated to deliver on the required qualifying times for the Olympics at the Lagos meet.

The Chairman of the Lagos State Athletics Association, Solomon Alao also said the athletes are all in high spirits.

“We are trying to support our athletes and give them an enabling environment to qualify for the Olympics. If they fail to achieve that now, that means we might have to wait for another four years, Nigeria deserves to be in the Relay events at the Olympics and that’s what we are trying to achieve,” Alao stated.

The Meet Director, Yusuf Ali said, “We felt they failed to get the time at the National trials after they exhausted themselves in their individual events. We are optimistic they are well-rested now and good to go for another shot at qualifying for the Olympics”.