Over 20 athletes invited to camp in Port Harcourt by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria for the first phase of the preparations for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia have arrived at the camp.
The AFN after its first three events of the season called up 40 home-based athletes to camp, which began on Wednesday.
According to the technical director of the federation, Sunday Adeleye, the athletes were selected after their performances were reviewed following the All-Comers in Abuja, the first Golden League in Kaduna and the Commonwealth Games trials in Abuja.
He told our correspondent that the foreign-based athletes would join those in camp at a later date.
“The essence of the first phase of camping is to ensure that we take these athletes through the drills and help them get in the competition spirit. They will go for a break ahead of the festive season and return to camp,” he said.
“We have plans for the athletes based outside the country and they will join their colleagues in camp later. The federation is committed to selecting the best set of athletes for the Commonwealth Games and the other competitions later in 2018.”
Some of the athletes invited to camp are Egwero Ogho-oghene, Maria Omokwe, Jerry Jakpa, Grace Anigbata, Folakemi Olude, Kemi Francis, Martin Ogieriakhi, Itsekiri Usheoritse, Oyeniyi Abejoye, Orukpe Erayokan and Folashade Abugan.
Others are Patience Okon-George, Glory and Samson Nathaniel, Yinka Ajayi, Isah Salihu, Kelechi Nwanaga and Peter Moreno.
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