The Nigerian School Sports Federation has rescheduled the second World School Athletics events to take place between January 17-20 at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta.
Initially, the event was scheduled to start on Monday, January 10 (today) and end on January 13 at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan.
The president of the federation, Olabisi Joseph, who confirmed the change of date and venue for the punchHe said it was for logistical reasons.
“The place has been changed. It will now be held in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The arrival is on January 17 and the World School Athletics trials are held on January 18 and 19, while the departure is on January 20,” he noted.
According to the initial circular sent to different states, which was obtained by our correspondent, the talents discovered at the event will represent Nigeria at the International School Sport Federation’s Under-18 School Athletics World Championships in Turkey from 19 to June 25, as well as the ISF Under-15 World School Sports Games, which will take place in Brazil from August 19-27.
After a 15-year absence, Nigeria appeared at the 19th ISF Gymnasiade in France where Ronke Akanbi, an SS1 alumnus from Ilaro, Ogun State, won gold in the women’s 3000m race.
The 18-year-old schoolgirl’s record run broke the 33-year-old’s national record of 9:41.28 in the event, which was set by Itsemhike Anwalimhobor on March 22, 1989 in Benin City.
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