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AFN slammed over poor organization of All Comers Championships

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has been slammed for poor organization of the All Comers Championship held at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos on Wednesday.

Olalekan Soetan, a coach who specializes in jumps and hurdles, on Thursday decried the manner in which the AFN organised the All Comers Championships.

The one-day event, with over 100 athletes, took place at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.

Soetan, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, implored AFN to strive to be more organised in subsequent championships.

“To me, the All Comers competition was not well organised. It was held like a school sports event. We did not know who was running.

“The athletes that moved from the heats to the next round were not announced. The timing board was not functioning well.

“If we want to organise a national competition, let us organise it well. I am tired: if things are not changed, the sport will die,” he said.

Soetan added that if AFN were unable to hold national competitions and home-based athletes not treated the right way, the country would continue to depend on Blessing Okagbare.

“Athletes can be pushed to do better by having good equipment. Why should AFN organise a competition and be managing their equipment?’’ he queried.

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