MEGABUCKS AWAIT NIGERIAN GOLD MEDALLISTS AT IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

MEGABUCKS AWAIT NIGERIAN GOLD MEDALLISTS AT IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) on Friday assured the 25 Athletes representing the country at the on-going International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Doha, Qatar that those who win would be rewarded.

According to a media statement by the AFN signed by the Chairman of its media committee Amanzi Marcus, the Federation, the Sponsorship deal signed with kit manufacturers, PUMA, provides that the Sports Manufacturing Company will pay $10,000 to those that win gold and $3,000 to silver medalists.

President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Ibrahim Shehu Gusau also revealed that there is a provision of $2,000 for bronze medal winners in Doha.

He therefore encouraged the technical crew and athletes to do their best and bring glory to Nigeria and honour to their names adding that the monetary rewards from PUMA is not the end as more could come from other sources.

President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel equally encouraged the athletes who won10 gold, seven silver and six bronze medals at the 12th African Games in Morocco in August to re-enact that performance and win especially the gold medals that have eluded Nigeria since the IAAF World Championships began in 1981 in Helsinki, Finland.

PUMA is the third largest sportswear manufacturer in the world with headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, Germany and Nigerian athletes in Doha are wearing the new PUMA Kits in the September 26 to October 7 IAAF Worlds in Doha.

In a related development, presidents of the NOC, Habu Gumel and that of AFN, Ibrahim Shehu Gusau have congratulated Maria Wophil on her award from the IAAF during its 52nd Congress in Doha, Qatar.

Wophil, who is the longest serving secretary general of the AFN, from  1999 to 2012 was the second in Africa and 13th in the world that received the Pin of honour from IAAF President, Sebastian Coe at the Doha International Convention Centre  for her long years of service to Athletics.

The award recipient thanked IAAF for the award and members of the IAAF Family who contributed to her achievements in Athletics over the years while praising God for taking her to the podium of honour.

Maria Wophil is a Deputy Director with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Abuja, Nigeria and a Board Member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.

After completing her four-year tenure as a member of the now dissolved Women Commission of IAAF, Maria Wophil was on Wednesday appointed by IAAF as Moderator on women gender and equality working group of the IAAF.

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