The Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, has rescheduled the 2022 All-Comers competition initially scheduled to hold this weekend at the sports ground of the Federal University of Technology, in Akure.
The competition will now hold from 11-13 March 2022 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, capital of Edo state.
According to a statement signed by the AFN Secretary General/Chief Executive Officer, Prince Adeniyi Adisa Beyioku, the competition was rescheduled because of athletes and officials who complained of ill-preparedness on their part.
“The change in date is, therefore, necessary to accommodate more participants because it is the first official event of the federation after the first All Comers was cancelled to honour the late former technical director of the AFN, Brown Ebewele,” said Beyioku.
The competition is the first of many the AFN has lined up to prepare Nigerian athletes for the African Championships in Mauritius, the World Championship in Oregon, USA as well as the Commonwealth Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
The AFN has also given a new date for the submission of entries for the event.
”All entries are to reach the AFN Secretariat not later than midnight of 9th March 2022. Please note that submission of entries at the venue will not be entertained,’ said Beyioku.
Last year Enoch Adegoke and Grace Nzubechi Nwokocha set the Akure track on fire with near world-class performances which they built on to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as home-based athletes competing in Nigeria.