The National U-18 and U-20 Championships initially billed to hold on February 22nd and 23rd in Ilaro, Ogun State, has now been shifted to March 7th to 10th, according to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

AFN Technical Director, Sunday Adeleye disclosed this in a chat with Making of Champions on Friday, stating that the development was necessary because of the forthcoming elections.

He said, “Looking at the political calendar in Nigeria, we feel that it is only proper that our athletes don’t get involved in any issues; we want to keep them safe, so immediately the whole election fever is over, we can now get down to business and do what we know best, which is racing and competing.

“The venue still remains the same. However, arrival is now on the 6th of March, while competition will hold from the 7th to 10th, and departure will be on the 11th.”

The championship will be used as the Trials for the forthcoming African U-18 and U-20 Championships holding in Cote d’Ivoire from April 16th to 20th.

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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