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AFN holds Congress today in Abuja Thursday

*We have our focus on heights of glory

*Show me the crisis here, they are on newspaper pages

By Oluwole Francis

President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Hon Ibrahim Gusau, is striding with absolute confidence to lead the nation’s largest sport to a destination that is primed to bring in one million youths and children into the sport in this term. He denies any crisis in the federation as he hosts Congress in Abuja on Thursday.

Speaking with www.gongnews.net in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, the former House of Representatives member said, “We have set our eyes on greater national areas of needs. Ours is to improve not just the participation level of the sport but to ensure our athletes and coaches get higher remuneration from this season. I have a very tall dream to bring one million children and youths into our sport before my tenure ends.”

“I don’t know of any crisis in the AFN. We have a mandate, a social contract with the people of Nigeria. That is where I have set to lead my team to. As part of the efforts to get to our destination, we are starting with the National Development Centre in Ondo State. By next week, we shall be signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the state government in Abuja. The remaining five centres shall be operational before the end of 2018.”

“Where I am bothered with getting about 400 athletics coaches to employ to deliver our task will I be thinking of some folks who decided to do fight on the pages of newspapers? We have more important things to do.

“Our Congress is expected to ratify our new Constitution and logo. We are repositioning athletics like a massive business that it is.

Technical Director of the federation, Sunday Adeleye told The Guardian yesterday that everything needed for a smooth congress had been put in place. “I just arrived Abuja, and the congress will hold on Thursday.”

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