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Team Nigeria Athletes return from World Athletics U-20 Championships


Team Nigeria representatives at the World Athletics U-20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya arrived in Abuja on Tuesday.


Team Nigeria finished in the third position on the medals table with 7 medals; 4 gold and 3 bronze medals behind hosts Kenya and Finland.


The athletes and officials were received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja by the honourable minister for Sports and Youth Development Sunday Dare, and Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen who led other top government officials.


President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Tonobok Okowa, while speaking to newsmen, promised that his led AFN board would produce more podium finish athletes for the country.


“We achieved the feat just under one month that we camped the athletes in Delta State, we are going to keep this set of athletes to ensure that they deliver medals for Nigeria at the world’s biggest stage, we will work out programmes that will make the athletes be at their best all the times even while they study.


“We are already working on our athletes ahead of the African championship, Commonwealth Games and other international championships for podium finish,” he said.


Sunday Dare commended Team Nigeria for their successful outing adding that the federal government would continue to support AFN quest in winning more medals for the country.


“We congratulate them on their record breaking performance in Nairobi, Kenya, finishing in 3rd place on the medals table out of the 114 countries that participated in the Championships is no mean feat, the federal government would continue to support AFN in their quest to produce podium finish athletes,” he said.


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