The trials for the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA, and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom have been rescheduled by the Nigerian Athletics Federation.
The trials will now take place in Benin, Edo, from June 24 to 26.
The AFN stated that the decision was made to accommodate all competitors who had expressed interest in competing in the championships and had met the event’s admission requirements.
Nigeria’s prospects of presenting teams in all five relays at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, according to AFN technical director Samuel Onikeku, will improve as a result of the relocation.
“This year’s championships are aimed at selecting the best legs for the World Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games,” Onikeku explained.
“We made the decision to shift the dates of the Nigeria Championships as a result of this.” To get the relay tickets, we need to get our top athletes ready.
“As a flexible federation, we must accommodate athletes who are only able to arrive this weekend due to flying connections and require a few days of relaxation.”
“The women’s 4x100m and mixed relay teams are the only ones who have qualified for Oregon. The men’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams, as well as the women’s 4x400m relay team, are failed to qualify,” noted Onikeku.
Nigeria will also need to improve on their present ranking to ensure qualification in the women’s 4x100m and mixed relay teams, according to him.
“Nigeria is ranked 16th in both events, putting us in the final qualification spot. This does not guarantee that we will be present at certain relay events in Oregon.”