The Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City agog as the Athletics Federation of Nigeria announced the stadium, who hosted the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival as the venue of the selection trials for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the World Athletics Championship in Oregon, USA.
Expected at the Selection trials is 200m National record holder, Favour Ofili, who set a new national records in the 200m indoors (22.46s) and outdoor (21.96s).
The 19 year old, silver medalist in the 200m event at the 2022 NCAA indoor and outdoor championships is also the fastest Nigerian woman this year.
400m barrier runner Nathaniel Ezekiel will be the cynosure of spectators as the 18-year-old attained world class status after running 48.42s last month to break Henry Amike’s 35 year old (48.50s) Nigeria as well as set an African U20 record.
Reigning Nigeria and Africa record holder in the long jump , Ese Brume is also excepted at the trials .
Included in the list is 24-year-old sprint hurdler, Tobi Amusan , who is the reigning Nigeria and Africa record holder in the 100mH(12.42s) .
Others are African Games and African championships champion Chioma Onyekwere will be defending her national discuss title as the Nigerian record holder (63.30m) as well as National record holder in the triple jump event , Ruth Usoro (14.50m).
Reigning African Games and African championships champion at the Shot Put event Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and African Games and African championships champion Chioma Onyekwere will be defending her national discuss title as the Nigerian record holder (63.30m) at the selection trials .
According to the Secretary –General President of the Federation, Prince Adisa Beyioku, the 3-day trial will starts from June 21 to June 23 will serve as selection for the two major championships starting in July .
“The AFN is ready to host a championship that befits our rising profile in athletics worldwide. To this end, Tonobok Okowa, the federation’s president, has set up a committee to oversee both the technical and administrative organization of the event,” said Beyioku, who named a former two-time president of the AFN, Solomon Ogba, as its chairman.
“Chief Ogba and some members of the committee who were in Mauritius met on the side lines of the 22nd African Athletics Championship and have hit the ground running,” he said.