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FIRST BATCH OF NIGERIA ATHLETES ARRIVE BUDAPEST AS AFN AWAIT AIU VERDICT ON TOBI AMUSAN

The first batch of Nigerian athletes for the World Athletics Championships landed in Budapest Tuesday for the global athletics event.

The Nigerian team arrived anticipatory- amidst anxious wait by officials for the clearance of World record holder in 100m hurdles, Tobi Amusan by the Athletes Integrity Unit [AIU].

Tobi is said to have missed three doping test and it is alleged a defense has been tabled before the Athletes Integrity Unit.

The first group of Nigeria athletes jetted out from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport [MMIA] in Lagos through a Turkish Airlines flight.

The athletics showpiece will commence on August 19 and end on 27 August.

According to the Guardian, the Technical Director of Athletics Federation of Nigeria [AFN], Samuel Onikeku has confirmed all the athletes based in Nigeria and the United States have arrived to acclimatize to the weather and put finishing touches to their preparations for the championships.

 ‘’About 80 percent of the athletes have left for Bundapest, so that they can get adequate rest,’’ Onikeku stated.

 ‘’We hopeful of a good outing, not only in the relays, but also in the other events

He added, ‘’We are expecting surprise from every angle just like Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume did it at the Oregon World Championships. Our major task would be to get as many of the athletes to the finals and of course go for the medals.’’

The Team Nigeria first batch was accompanied by the duo of Coach Tony Osheku and Gabriel Okon. Also in the team are a team doctor and a physiotherapist.

Meanwhile, Opeyemi Deborah Oke, 400m runner hopeful and looking forward to a good outing at the World Championships which she is making her first appearance.

‘’We have prepared very well and by the grace of God, we are looking forward to having a good outing.’’ Oke, former Nigeria Junior International said.

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