As the World Athletics Championship Trials entered Day Two of actions and thrills in Benin City, president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Chief Tonobok Okowa extolled Edo State government for hosting the 2023 World Athletics Championship Trials in Benin city.
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria began the world Athletics Championship Budapest 2023 trials in Benin on Tuesday, July, 2023 with over 450 athletes, including world champions, Tobi Amusan, Ese Brume and others in Benin to literally burn the tartan tracks at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
Chief Tonobok Okowa who said he was satisfied with the organisation of the event and happenings so far, urged other states of the federation to emulate Edo State.
“We find Benin comfortable for our national events. The infrastructure is solid. Most importantly, let me commend Edo State Government and the governor for their magnanimity in hosting the 2023 World Athletics Championship Trials.
He added: “Edo State government has done a lot, supporting the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. The government has been accommodating, feeding us to ensure a successful hosting of the National event in Benin. I thank Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu for all that they have done for us.”
Okowa expressed confidence that Amusan and Brume who, have already qualified, will do Nigeria proud at the 2023 Budapest World Athletics Championship.
Tobi Amusan claimed the Nigeria’s 100m hurdle at the event and will be representing Nigeria in Budapest.
Blessing Ogundiran of Edo State also won the 100m today with a personal best of 11:50 sec.
The AFN trials was held to select Nigeria’s flag bearers for the world Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary.