Athletic coaches have commended the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for the early preparation witnessed this time ’round ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow-Scotland.
In what has been described a ‘record-breaker’ by many; for the first time in decades, the AFN is presently camping about 74 Nigerian athletes in preparation for the 2014 season and it was gathered that the athletes and coaches, so far so good, have no worries about their upkeep even as it was not all smooth sailing.
“It is a good thing they are starting early,” former head coach of the AFN, Armelia Edet, was quoted by Sports Vanguard to have said of the early preparation for the 2014 season.
“When I heard that they are camping, I was like wow, things are looking up for athletics. But I will advise that they do not keep the athletes for too long in camp. They should be given a break just like we used to do in the days of Samuel Ogbemudia.
“We went on break and came back to continue, they should also have time trials for the athletes to see what they have been able do in training.”
Former triple jumper, Olu Sule, who is one presently in the Abuja camp with the athletes said the participants are expecting a befitting reward from their commitment and dedication.
“It is a full house here. The athletes have undergone medical examinations to ascertain their level of fitness and they are going through condition training. Hopefully if everything goes on well, we will have good performances from the athletes next season.
“This is what we have been clamouring for. Early Preparations and we are glad that the AFN has started well for the 2014 season,” coach Sule said.