*Accommodation, transport, feeding allowance
*Season’s calendar released by AFN
By Oluwole Francis
It is certainly a new dawn for not just the athletes but coaches in the nation’s largest sport, Athletics, if what www.gongnews.net scooped from authoritative sources close to the sport. The Golden League will enjoy double boost this season. One that is sure and concluded and one that is to come as a surprise to the body polity of the sport.
We can reveal unlike the previous season that the new leadership under Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau “has moved the stakes a little higher” said our source who begged passionately not to be mentioned yet.
With the release of the new season’s calendar, I can reveal to you that every athlete and coach participating in the Golden League will get accommodation, feeding and transport allowance. It is respectable and will be so highly appreciated by the sports people.
The top four athletes in each event will get paid. This is for the first three legs of the season. If the plans work out as it was designed, the last three legs will go for N15million while the national trial will have a N100million prize money. Every detail has been concluded.
Asked how true this can be, the source said, “ask every athlete who came for the last national trial in Abuja. Accommodation was provided by the Gusau Board less than 10 days after being elected into office. This has been worked out and the funds provided.”
There is still a big surprise package in the offing before the season starts. Nigerian athletics may not have had it this good for a long time. I can give you a guarantee to that effect.
For the availability to enter the Golden League phase, the All-Comers will signal off the season. Athletes will then qualify for the more lucrative Golden League which will enjoy double improvements in one season signalling a new era of “athlete-centred and coaches-focused regime,” quoting the President, Ibrahim Gusau in his exclusive interview hitting the news lines next week. Watch out.
|1st – 20th||Licensing of Nigerian Athletes|
|11th||2nd S.O Adeleye Foundation 10km Road Race 2017||Kogi, State|
|22nd – 23rd||AFN Congress||Abuja|
|24th – 25th||AFN All Comers meet / Anti-Doping Seminar||Abuja|
|1st – 2nd||1st AFN Golden League Meet||Kaduna|
|15th – 21st||Technical Officiating Officials Seminar||Abuja|
|26th – 27th||2nd AFN Golden League Meet||Lagos|
|10th||3rd Access Bank Lagos City Marathon 2018||Lagos|
|14th -17th||Commonwealth Games Trials||Uyo|
|24th||1st AFN Talent Hunt [Under 15yrs]||Zones|
|1st||Commonwealth Games Closed Camp|
|1st – 4th||17th World Indoor Championships 2018||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|3rd||Warri Peace Half Marathon||Warri|
|16th – 17th||3rd AFN Golden League Meet||Ibadan|
|24th 26th||IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 2018||Valencia ,Spain|
|1st – 5th||African Youth Games (Youth Olympics Games Trials)||Algiers, Algeria|
|4th – 15th||XXI Commonwealth Games 2018||Gold Coast, Australia|
|Combined Events and walk challenge||Redut Mauritius|
|4th – 5th||4th AFN Golden League Meet||Enugu|
|5th – 6th||IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships 2018||Taicang, PR China|
|12th||6th Okpekpe Road Race 2018||Okpekpe, Edo State|
|22nd -23rd||5th AFN Golden League Final
|8th – 12th||All Nigeria Track & Field Championships
(All Nigeria Masters Open Athletics Championship)
|10th- 15th||IAAF World U20 Championships in Athletics||Tampere, Finland|
|African Championship Closed Camp|
|1st – 5th||CAA African Championships in Athletics||Asaba Delta State|
|4th -16th||World Masters Athletics Championship||MALAGA,SPAIN|
|8th – 9th||9th Continental Cup, Ostrava||Czech Republic|
|6th -18th||3rd Youth Olympic Games||Buenes Aires Argentina|
|10th||3rd S.O Adeleye Foundation 10km Road Race 2017||Kogi, State|
|8th||AFN Gala/award night|