*Gets marching order for 2020 relay squad
Tobias Igwe (Toblow) has been named as the Head Coach of the National Athletics Development Centre in Ondo State. The project which is being delivered in conjunction with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).
Coach Toblow was born 7th June 1953 and a former 800m, 1500m and 3,000 steeplechase champion as an athlete.
As a coach, Toblow had his NIS grades III (1980), Grade II (1986), Olympic solidarity course (1986), IAAF level 1 course (1993) and advanced athletic coaching course in sprints and throws (1985).
Some of his coaching successes include the 1st World junior championships in Athens in 1986 with 2 gold, I silver and I bronze; Commonwealth Games in Auckland (1990), Barcelona Olympics (1992) where his women 4x100m won Nigeria’s first Olympic medal and the 4x100m won silver.
In Athens 20014 he piloted the bronze medal in 4x400m. He coached at the Commonwealth Games in 2002, 2010.
Some of the star athletes coach Toblow has produced in the past include Chief Mary Onyali, Osmaond and Davidson Ezinwa, Tony Osheku, Philip George, Yusuf Alli, Henry Amike, Sunday Uti, Tina Iheagwam, Clement Chukwu, Beatrice Utondu, Emma Okoli, Michael Egbeaso, Henrietta Ajaegbu, Eugene Ifediora and Uche Emedolu amongst others.
According to the NSDFI Executive Director (Technical) Chief Mary Onyali, “coach Toblow will be entitled to raise two male and female relay teams that can be concentrated on a programmed arrangement towards the 2020 Olympics. The teams will enjoy funds support to attend six championships outside the country yearly. The members of the two teams will enjoy tremendous support.
She further explained, “these are part of the structures we are setting up to ensure that the nation does well according to our plan in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In each of the centres, some of our elite athletes will be programmed under experienced coaches to enjoy a steady progression. Each of the sports federations on our programme will enjoy these in any centre of their choice.”