The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) under the able Leadership of Hon. Engr. Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau, PhD, FNSE, FNCS has reaffirmed his commitment to the development of Nigeria Athletics to attain the standards of international best practices.
Hon. Gusau, reaffirmed the commitments of his led-board after the World Athletics (WA) had officially authenticated him as President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and Siminialayi Young Pepple as the Director-General of the AFN on Wednesday.
Hon. Gusau, assured that the federation will work tirelessly to produce podium finish athletes at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan as the federation is set to end Nigeria’s medal drought in the sports at the world showpiece, while adding that the welfare of the athletes and coaches would be among federation’s top priorities.
“We are not going to make up the numbers at this year’s Olympics, we have set targets for the federation’s and we are working towards that to ensure that we win at least two Gold in Japan”
“We are starting the 2020 calendar season with the All Comers open competition in Ozoro in Delta state which is aimed at selecting the best home-based talents that will represent the country at the upcoming Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), Region II Athletics Championships in Kaduna and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan”
Hon. Gusau, who is also the vice President of the Confederation of Africa Athletics, (CAA) also commended stakeholders, most especially the media for their support during the short leave crisis that engulfed the federation, stating that he will continue to deliver on the mandate given to him by the Congress in 2017 and discharge his duties in conformity with the AFN constitution as amended in 2017.
“It is a mandate for reform and for investment in the future of athletics in Nigeria and it is also very clearly an instruction to deliver on the mandate from the Congress and other stakeholders to return the glorious days of athletics in Nigeria”.
The AFN president further called on athletes and coaches, individuals and corporate organizations not to deal with the suspended group parading themselves as officials of the AFN.
“Anyone relating with any individual or group of individuals on matters concerning the athletics federation of Nigeria, does so at their own risk”.