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Sports News of Tuesday, 9 August 2022


Nigerians can dominate global athletics - AIM’s MD

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In Birmingham to support the Team Nigeria contingent to the Commonwealth Games, the Managing Director of Abuja International Marathon (AIM) Zsuzsanna Ogunmiloyo, has posited that Nigeria can dominate athletics at the global level with a well-structured elite athlete development programme.

In a statement signed by Abuja International Marathon (AIM) Race Director Olukayode Thomas who doubles as the head of the Media and Publicity, Ogunmiloyo also commended Sports Minister Sunday Dare for prioritizing athletes’ welfare.

Ogunmiloyo, who moved from venue to venue, spent quality time with weightlifters and their coaches, noted that Team Nigeria can dominate the sprints, quarter-mile, jumps, relays, hurdles and other events because the Caribbean countries and Americans that dominate those events today share similar traits with Southern Nigerians, adding East Africans that dominate the middle, long distances and marathon share similar traits with Northern Nigerians.

"I believe that with a properly funded and well-monitored elite athlete development programme, Nigeria has what to dominate athletics in the world,’’ she said.

Using the men and women marathon as examples, Ogunmiloyo said Ugandan Victor Kiplangant’s winning time of 2;10 minutes would have been achieved by Nigeria if we support Nigerian marathoners

Ogunmiloyo, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Unicentral Resources Generation Limited, commended Team Nigeria for being in the top ten on the medal table.

"Being among the top ten in the Commonwealth is highly commendable. It is not an easy feat, I am proud to be a Nigerian and besides we are the number one African nation on the medal table beating South Africa, Kenya, and others’’.

She also commends the Sports Minister for prioritizing athletes’ welfare: “ the athletes are happy that their allowances and other entitlements have been paid while medallists are rewarded immediately medals are won. This is commendable I really appreciate the good gesture,’’ said Ogunmiloyo.