*Gill Athletics, Wamufat Farms donated equipment
*We will come out better – Nwanaga
By Oluwole Francis
Nigeria’ preparations to the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April received a boost with the delivery of javelins for three of the nation’s athletes Kelechi Nwanaga, Samuel Adams Kure and Gabriel Aredokun, from Gill Athletics and Wamufat Farms of Abeokuta.
President of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Dr Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau Monday made the presentation of the aerodynamic javelin to the nation’s number one female athlete, Kelechi Nwanaga, at the National Stadium in Abuja.
According to Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau, “We thank the two companies for having confidence in the new generation of administration in our sport in Nigeria. We want more organisations to take cue whether in equipment or cash. The government alone cannot do it.
According to him, “the three javelins from donors will be a booster to the athletes. These are IAAF certified aerodynamics javelins. We all know that, before now Nigerian athletes were using ordinary metal to throw which always has effect when it comes to real competition, but today, we have world standard equipment.
“In furtherance of our effort to assist the athletes, AFN will provide the throwing shoes to other athletes. We are trying very hard to see how Nigeria can be projected positively in the world.”
He thanked the facilitators of the equipment Chief Mrs Mary Onyali and the veteran journalist, Mr Olajide Fashikun for their immense contributions toward the growth and development of Athletics in Nigeria.
Shehu-Gusau called on politicians, businessmen and others in the country to come and support athletics: “since we came on the board nothing has been extended to us by the Ministry that is why we appealing to all well meaning Nigerian to come to the rescue of sports in Nigeria.”
Speaking on the donation, Nigeria’s former queen of the track, Chief Mary Onyali, who was the brain behind the campaign for the donation of the equipment revealed that she will leave no stone unturned to ensure Nigeria ranked among the best in the World in athletics.
She said: “we are starting the programme from scratch, because where we met it was not favourable, we need every support be it cash or kind. And in this case the first presentation came in the form of equipment. We are appreciative of the donors.
“The Commonwealth trials in Port Harcourt is where the three athletes are likely going to put the javelins to test. I know it will help the athletes to throw further than they use to before.”
She charged the athletes to make use of equipment to win more laurels for the country.
A third javelin thrower, Gabriel Aredokun, also benefitted from the aerodynamic javelin and throwing boots which were donated by Wamufat Farms owned by a former 800 metre female runner.
The farm manager, Giwa Wahabi told www.gongnews.net when we read the report of the feat of the youngman throwing 51metres in his maiden outing, my boss did not waste time in considering an appeal to support him.
Responding, Nwanaga said, “my preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April has just received a boost with the delivery of IAAF certified sporting equipment donated to me and Samuel Adams Kure by Chief Mary Onyali who brought it from the United States of America for us.
Kelechi Nwananga thanked the donors, Gill Athletics for investing confidence in the two of us. It’s a personal challenge and I promise to win the gold medal at Commonwealth Games as a beginning point.”