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Southwest Development Athletics Meet: ‘We are determined To Unearth New Talents’ -Ogunkoya


Chairperson of Southwest Athletics Association, chief Falilat Ogunkoya says Friday’s all secondary schools athletics meeting at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Ground in Yaba,Lagos is one of the programmes lined up by the association to unearth new talents for the respective states in the South West region and Nigeria in general.

“The Southwest zone is determined to give proper definition to grassroot sports development and we are taking the first step towards the unearthing of new talents that we will nurture to become another Falilat Ogunkoya, Mary Onyali, Yusuf Alli, Seun Ogunkoya, Sunday Bada, Angela Atiede and Enoch Adegoke.

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The athletes mentioned here were developed by the zone before they became international stars,” said Ogunkoya who made history as the first track and field athlete to win an individual Olympic medal and the first to win two medals at the edition of the quadrennial games.

Ogunkoya revealed that the event is open only to students from schools in the Southwest region only and will feature the 100m, 400m, long jump, shot put and the 4x100m and 4x400m mixed relays.

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The four-time World Athletics Championships 400m finalist ranked the best quatermiler in the world in 1998 says Friday’s event is sponsored by members of the association.

“I want to sincerely thank all members of the association for pulling resources together for this event. It shows how passionate they are about the sport and their desire to see that the zone produces for the 2024 Olympics another Enoch Adegoke who made history as the first man since 1996 to qualify and run in the final of the men’s 100m at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” said Ogunkoya.

The one day event will likely have Tonobock Okowa, president of Athletics Federation of Nigeria as a special guest.

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