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20 Nigerian athletes abroad to attend Rio Olympics trials in Sapele

At least 20 Nigerian athletes living outside the country are expected to take part at the trials for the 2016 Rio Olympics coming up in Sapele, Delta State.

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has fixed the trials for July 7-9.

AFN president Solomon Ogba said in a radio interview on Thursday that the foreign based athletes have even offered to sponsor themselves to the event.

“Over 20 Nigerians from abroad have indicated intention to take part in the trials. Financing themselves.”

Ogba spoke further about the trials, the just concluded African Athletics Championships and the financial difficulty being experienced by the federation.

“The Federation is like a factory fed with raw materials from the States. We must harness our roles.

“We want to go with the best athletes. At the trials we’ll pick those who excelled in early qualifiers.

“We set a target of seven gold medals at the CAA 2016, but some athletes did not rise to the occasion.

“The CAA 2016 will not be a reflection of what will happen in Rio.

“Only few people and associations can raise money on their own, Amos Adamu was one, but we tore him down.

“From what we hear the budget for the Rio Olympics is said to be ₦500m, but what can that achieve?”

Nigeria finished third at the African Athletics Championship in Durban with four gold medals.

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