The fourth leg of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Golden League will hold at the Delta State Polytechnic Sports Complex in Ozoro from Friday to Saturday 23 with more than 200 athletes expected to participate.
The Golden League kicked off with the Kaduna leg in December 2017 while the second leg of the series was held in Port Harcourt. The third leg was initially scheduled for Ibadan in May but it was shifted to Abuja.
However, it was further shifted from the Abuja to Ozoro but according to the Technical Director of the federation Sunday Adeleye, the competition was further postponed indefinitely due to the recently-concluded Ramadan fasting.
The Golden League has been on hold since March, when Nigeria went for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The domestic athletes have been inactive because of a postponement in the date of the competition and change in venues.
However, after the National Junior Trials held at the same venue last week, the domestic athletes can return to the competition Golden League
Adeleye said the federation wanted to give athletes the best competition, which was why it had to be postponed many times.
“The Golden League will hold on Friday and Saturday. We owe it to athletes to give them a befitting competition, which will need funds. But the federation had to run around to get the needed funds for the competition to finally hold,” he said.
In the invitation letter sent by the AFN to state associations, clubs and paramilitary organisations, athletes are expected to arrive on Thursday.
The athletes will compete in such Golden League events as the men’s 100m, 400m, 5000m, 110m hurdles, 20km race walk, shot put, javelin, long jump, triple jump, and decathlon while the women’s events include the 100m, 400m, 10,000m, 100m Hurdles, 400m hurdles, 20km race walk, shot put, javelin, triple jump and high jump.
Bonus events are the men and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays.