The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) on Monday made public the list of 31 athletes that will don the country’s colours at the London Olympics starting later this month.
At a press conference in Lagos, Solomon Ogba, President of the AFN, described the chosen athletes as the best crop of athletes the country can lay her hands on currently, adding that the selected athletes earned their places due to their current form.
Ogba explained that the federation had to wait till after the African Athletics Championship in Port Novo before they could come up with the list so as to give all athletes equal chances to prove their readiness for the London games.
He maintained that the African Athletics Championship where Nigeria finished tops has given the AFN the opportunity to produce a formidable list for athletes that will represent Nigeria in the athletics event of the Olympics.
“I must make it clear that all the athletes on this list were selected based on current form, they are the best we have for now. We hope they will do us proud in London,” the AFN boss enthused.
Ogba also added that while the Federation is upbeat on winning medals at the Olympics, it has set for itself getting to the semi-finals of every event entered for as its minimum target.
Topping the list of 31 athletes is the duo of Blessing Okagbare and Tosin Oke who are amongst the brightest prospects for medals for Nigeria at the world’s biggest sporting event.
Blessing Okagbare, Gloria Asunmu, Lawretta Ozoh
Gloria Asunmu, Lawretta Ozoh, Christy Udoh
Regina George, Omolara Omotosho
400m Hurdles, women:
High Jump women:
Long Jump women:
Shot put women:
Uhunoma Naomi Osaazuwa
100m Hurdles, women:
Blessing Okagbare, Gloria Asunmu, Lawretta Ozoh, Oluwadamola Osayomi, Wisdom Isoken, Christy Udoh
Regina George, Omolara Omotosho, Bukola Abogunloko, Endurance Abinuwa, Idara Out, Magaret Etim
Obinna Metuh, Ogho Oghene Egwero, Peter Emelieze
100 Hurdles, Men
400m Hurdles, Men
Saul Weigopwa, Abiola Onakoya, Isah Salihu, Tobi Ogunmola, Segun Ogunkole, Godday James
Noah Akwu, Stanley Azie