ATHLETICS: It will be battle of the fittest on Thursday, 11 June at the Rojenny Stadium, Oba in Anambra state as the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) begins its 2015 Golden League competition to further prepare home-base athletes for the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing and the All African Games in Congo Brazzaville.
The three-leg Golden League events series will be followed by the Kaduna leg on 24 June, while the final meeting will hold in Ilorin on 11 July.
However, prize money of N1,500,000 has been earmarked as Jackpot Prize for winners that meet the set requirements of the League.
According to the General Secretary of the federation, Olumide Bamiduro, arrangement has been concluded and interested athletes, clubs entries are expected to reach the Federation on or before midnight Tuesday, 9 June 2015 via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, adding that all athletes are expected to arrive on 10 June 2015.
He added that the Golden League will be followed by the Warri Relays and CAA Super Grand Prix on 24 July and the AFN/CRS All-Nigeria Athletics Championships scheduled for 30 July to 1 August in Calabar, Cross River State.
Meanwhile the federation’s Technical Director, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama has appealed to all states/clubs interested in participating in AFN-organized activities in 2015 to register with the Secretariat with immediate effect.
They are to pay the affiliation fees before the commencement of the League or any of the AFN organized competition for the year 2015. Athletes would also be required to obtain identity cards, which shall act as their license for competing in the season.
“As determined by the League Organizing Committee, transport subsidy and, in some cases, accommodation subsidy as well, where accommodation is not provided, shall be provided for the top 4 finishers in each of the Golden League events. All participating athletes shall compete in their State or Club uniform especially in the relays”.
He also said doping control procedures shall be carried out in accordance with IAAF anti-doping regulations.
“In line with the IAAF anti-doping code, all athletes in the AFN top-20 list shall henceforth complete and submit their athletes’ whereabouts information to the AFN Secretariat every quarter.
“Failing which, the IAAF prescribed sanctions shall be applied. States/clubs are to ensure their athletes’ complied with this directive to avoid incurring doping violations”, he said.