Reigning Commonwealth and African Long Jump champion, Ese Brume tops the list of 16 athletes that have been invited to report at the Port Harcourt training camp of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The athletes were invited based on their performance at the last Tuesday’s Over-Distance competition organized by AFN at the University of Port Harcourt High Performance Centre in Rivers State.

The invitation will definitely serve as a morale booster for the former National champion who had an unimpressive 2015. It will be great to see Brume bounce back in time to retain her continental title and also qualify for the Olympics.

Men’s National 200m champion, Odele Tega was also included in the list, and will be hoping to consolidate on his achievements from last season, including competing at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, and then winning Bronze at the African Games a month later.

Other athletes expected to resume at the Port Harcourt camp are Knowledge Omovoh, Okolosi Oghenekome, Akerele Atanda, Avnaherhe Oke, Simeon Friday and Afam Ogbuagu.

They will be joined by Ogbonna Prosper, Afeez Abduraman, Odigbo Rita, Nwichi Ngozi, Isah Salihu, Ugochukwu Ottah, Ehigie Josephine and Igbinosun Isoken. Kayode Yaya is the only coach invited by the federation.

Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and currently hosts a weekly Track and Field column in the Vanguard Newspaper.


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