11th May, 2012
The tracks of the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos will come alive today and tomorrow as athletes participating in the 2nd National U-18 Athletics championships sponsored by Mountain of Fire and Miracle ministry.
President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, Solomon Ogba, disclosed that the sum of N4 million is ups for grabs at the two-day event.
Ogba said that the sponsor, Dr. Daniel Olukoya, General Overseer of the church gave out the sum to ensure a successful outing insisting that the essence of the athletics meet is to unearth talents at the grassroots level.
According to Ogba “I commend the effort of Dr. Olukoya for helping us organise this championship, because he has shown great support. It will not be too long before these discovered talents will surpass the records of Falilat Ogunkoya and Henry Amike,”.
He added “We will ban any athlete from the para-military because the competition is strictly meant for U-18. We will use the international passport of registered athletes to detect age cheat, because IAAF also relies on passport. We will rely on physical appearance to also detect any para-military athlete. Any over-age athlete caught will be summarily disqualified because we want to catch them young”.