President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Tonobok Okowa, has charged Nigeria’s contingent to the World Athletics U-20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya to use the competition to showcase their talents to the world.
Okowa gave the charge when the athletes departed Abuja for Nairobi on Sunday.
A total of 28 Nigerian athletes left from Abuja, while the remaining will join them from their base in the US.
“This is another unique opportunity for a new set of young athletes to prove their talent at the world level. Once they do well, it would be a great transition from the more established ones to the new generation. These are a new generation of Nigerian track and field athletes.
“It’s an opportunity for some of the athletes who missed out from the just-concluded Tokyo Olympics to showcase their talents. Nigeria should be hopeful that these sets of young athletes will bring medals from the World Athletics Championships in Kenya,” Okowa said.
The PUNCH reported that Ofili leads a team of 32 Nigerian athletes comprising 17 male and 15 female athletes in 17 events to the U-20 Championships.
The event scheduled for the Nyayo Sports Complex, Nairobi will see 973 athletes globally participating in 44 events.
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