Okagbare arrives Nigeria for Warri Relays, CAA Grand Prix

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Blessing Okagbare

Nigeria’s top performers on the track this season, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor and Tobi Amusan, have arrived in Nigeria ahead of the 2017 Warri Relays and Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Grand Prix.

The 2017 Warri Relays and CAA Grand Prix which is fixed for July 18 at the Delta State Polytechnic Stadium, Ozoro, is guaranteed to have a rich number of top athletes on parade.

Tunde Eludini, who spoke for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, said it would showcase the country’s galaxy of athletics stars.

“Okagbare, who last weekend in London ran an impressive 10.99secs in women’s 100m event is one of the star attractions even as the Sprints Queen will hope to strike a better rhythm.

“This she would be doing on the home front as she counts down to the World Championships in London.

“For Amusan, the home crowd will have a glimpse of the hurdler who has been hugging the headlines with breathtaking performances in the circuit in the U.S. this season.

“Among other heroics of Amusan last month is the Women’s 100m Hurdles at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) title with a new personal best time of 12.57secs,’’ Eludini said in a statement.

The statement also said that the Delta Government, as well as Solid Works Nigeria Ltd, will be sponsoring the 2017 Warri Relays and CAA Grand Prix.

“The highly-rated event over the years has attracted top athletes from all over the world.’’

Meanwhile, Chief Solomon Ogba, the Chief Executive Officer, Solid Works, revealed that outside of the elite cast of athletes, the High School and Inter-Collegiate Category is also gathering much momentum.

“Students in and around Delta are working hard ahead and looking forward to the July 18th meet with keen interest; the euphoria cannot be demystified.

“It is important that there is a sustained platform for youngsters to exhibit their skills and get discovered,’’ the statement quoted Ogba as saying.NAN

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