Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, the President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN)
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has disclosed that it would return to schools in its bid to develop athletics at the grassroots level.
The federation has also expressed interest to resuscitate the IAAF Kids’ Athletics programme in schools across the country.
AFN President, Ibrahim Gusau said at the weekend that the federation was making conscious efforts to use the kids’ athletics programme to discover talents at grassroots levels, adding, “we will go back to schools across the country to promote the programme, hoping that we can unearth athletes that will graduate from the junior level to elite cadre and become world beaters.”
He disclosed that the AFN has approved Lagos-based Dynaspro Sports Academy as its partner on the Kids’ Athletics programme.
In a letter to Dynaspro Sports Academy, the AFN said the academy is expected to project the IAAF-sanctioned Kids’ Athletics Programme across the country.
Reacting to the development, Dynaspro Coordinator, Oluseyi Oyebode said the collaboration with AFN became necessary as it was also in tandem with the vision and mission of the academy.
“We will try our best to drive the Kids’ Athletics Porgramme in schools across the country because we believe from this kind of initiative, we can unearth world beaters from our schools just like it was in those days of Falilat Ogunkoya, Mary Onyali and a host of other stars that came from schools to represent Nigeria at global levels,” Oyebode said.