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Congress’ll herald changes in Nigerian athletics, AFN Technical Director says

By Abolade Ogundimu

Sunday Adeleye, the Technical Director of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), on Wednesday in Abuja said the Federation’s Nov. 15 Congress would herald changes in the country’s athletics.

Adeleye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the congress would be the first of its kind in the Federation’s history because it would comply with international standards.

“The congress will be the first of its kind in AFN’s history, because there will be a new approach to doing things in the Federation which others will like to follow.

“A new face of the federation will be opened after the congress, as a consultant has proposed about 60 logos from which the congress will approve one.

“Also, there will be accreditation of participants through the e.platform to ensure that only eligible members attend the congress and contribute to issues.

“ President Muhammadu Buhari gave his blessings to e.Nigeria 2017 conference organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Tuesday, and the Ibrahim Gusau-led AFN fully keys into that.

“That e.governance will make administration of athletics to be more effective and align with best global practices,” he said.

Adeleye added that there would be a level playground for participants to contribute their wealth of experience towards the development of track and field in the country.

In a related interview, Brown Ebewele, the Coaches Representative on the federation’s board said the congress was necessary and eagerly-awaited.

“The Nov. 15 congress is highly necessary so that issues affecting the development of athletics in the country can be discussed by the congress.

“It will be good for stakeholders to attend while the board leadership should ensure that a change of date or venue is avoided, except when highly necessary,” he said.

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