…New AFN president vows to restore athletics lost glory

Posted on Jun 14 2017 - 2:15pm by admin

The new President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria,Honourable Ibrahim Gusau has promised an open door coverage following his election the day gone by in Abuja.

Gusau, a former member of the home of Representatives polled forty seven votes in opposition to the three his best challenger,former national triple leap champion,Rosa Collins received to succeed Evangelist Solomon Ogba as the brand new man a good way to direct the affairs of the federation for the subsequent 4 years.

i’m going to function an open door policy and shall be open to ideas and optimistic criticisms as we try to reposition the sport that gave Nigeria her first Olympic gold medal,’he stated.

Gusau also promised to make sure a correct nursey is built for the game to be able to produce young and enterprising athletes who will grow to grow to be forces to reckon with in continental and globa athletics.

‘the task ahead of us is to develop observe and container at both ends of the spectrum, at the grassroots level and at the excessive performance degree.we will be certain that there is adequate recruitment of contributors, provide programmes that enable members to flourish, and prepare prominent contributors for illustration at the next degree up.’’

‘’ No more will our game remain on the pedestrian route. we shall return to the pole position in Africa and on the planet.we have laid out the plans. Now that you’ve popularly elected our workforce, we shall got to work straight away.

Our athletics is like a nation coming out of warfare. There are destructions and debris far and wide. We should begin from the scratch. We should start from ground zero. The remnants of war shall be picked and reconstructed.’’

Gusau promised to start out placing vital buildings in location to build a groundwork to be able to make transition from the grassroots stage to elite stage whilst he promised to heal no matter wounds the election may have opened.

‘You win some, you lose some. In an election anyone should win and this is why we will be able to prolong fingers of friendship to those who misplaced out in the election to return and join us and repair the sport’s lost glory,” he mentioned.

Olamide George, a member of the Ondo State home of assembly used to be elected the vice president. He polled 43 votes in opposition to the three polled by former Nigerian and Africa’s queen of the track, Mary Onyali.

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