AFN records another death

Athletics Federation records another death

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The factional President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, (AFN) Hon Engr. Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau, has expressed grief as another death strikes the federation, the SportsBay.com reports.

In a statement signed by Shehu-Gusau, he described Vice chairman, Zamfara State Athletics Association, Ahmed Sale as a complete gentleman, thoughtful in all his actions, dedicated and worthy of emulation.

He praised the late sports administrator and noted that late Ahmed always wanted the best for athletics and athletes in Zamfara State.

“The death of Ahmed Sale is a big blow to the State not just in sports but other sectors as well. Ahmed, apart from being my Vice Chairman on the State Athletics Board, was also a Permanent Secretary in Zamfara State Government’s Service.”

Gusau commiserated with the family of the deceased and prayed God strengthens them at this trying time while condoling with the Governor and good people of Zamfara State on this irreparable loss.

Ahmed Sale died in the early hours of this morning May 12, 2020 after a brief illness.

In the same vein, the Olamide-George led faction learned with shock and sadness the untimely death of veteran athletics coach, Adu Uruemu.

Uruemu, head coach at Arena Athletics Academy, died on Sunday in Lagos after complaining of a headache. He was aged 54.

In a statement yesterday, AFN factional President, Olamide George, said the passage of Uruemu devastated the athletics family in Nigeria.

“He was a father and a mentor and very helpful to all athletes. He was an optimist and championed the cause of development of athletics in Nigeria. Until his death, he was the Secretary General of Nigerian Athletics Masters,” George said.

The AFN boss recalled that Coach Uruemu produced a lot of Nigerian athletics talents some of whom are in the United States to further their education and career.

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“Sprinter cum jumper, Ruth Usoro is one of the athletes Uruemu produced for Nigeria. Ruth is fourth in the Nigerian all-time indoor list for long jump after leaping to a new 6.57m personal best in February.

“She is also one of the track and field athletes adopted in the adopt-a-talent programme by the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare in preparation for the 2020 Olympics. Coach Uruemu also coached long jumper, Omoshola Omolayo, who is also on a track and field scholarship in the USA,” George added.

Uruemu, a former sprinter cum quarter-miler, also trained sprinters, Bamidele Taiwo, David Sule and Okey Ezuika to national stardom, and was behind the success story of Nkem Ezealah, the young athlete, who died from a car crash a few years ago.

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