By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Nigeria athletics international and aspirant for the president of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Enefiok Udo-Obong, has called on delegates who will vote for the new board of the AFN on Tuesday to vote wisely and with the best interest of Nigerian sports in their heart," Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Speaking to Completesportsnigeria.com exclusively on Monday morning as Nigeria's sports minister Solomon Dalung gets set to name members of thei electoral committee for the election in Abuja, Udo-Obong raises concerns over the surreptitious move by some desperate aspirants.
"Its time for us to change, to do things differently in the running of our sport in Nigeria," the member of Nigeria's 4×400 relay gold winning team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and bronze medallists in the sand event four years later in Athens tells Completesportsnigeria.com.
"A lot of people have been travelling round and playing the usual politics, but I want the delegates to vote their consciences and vote who is best for the future of our sports.
"I know not every former athlete make a good administrator, but I equally believe that with my experiences in business and professional courses after my active years, I can lead this Federation.
"We need to take Nigerian athletics back to its glorious days. Nowadays we see our own represent other nations ostensibly for not getting the kind of support and encouragement they need to succeed back home. I shall address these issues," Udo-Obong reiterates.
Another Nigerian athletics legend, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi, is in the running for the position of the Vice President of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria.