AFN Election: See Thomas' Masterplan For Athletics In Nigeria
One of the front-runners contesting for the vacant position of the President of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN Kayode Thomas has come out with his blueprint to get athletics back on track in Nigeria.
The multiple award-winning journalist, marketer, and sports administrator frowned at the current situation in which athletics has been reduced to just participating and winning medals at international competitions.
He said: “In the last few years, our Federation (AFN) has battled with some challenges and problems. I have already identified ways to tackle those challenges among which is taking athletics back to the schools.
“We are looking at organising Championship Programme that will include elementary schools, high schools, and universities to be modeled after the USA AAU, Junior, NCAA Divisional Athletics Championship.
“The board will encourage private institutions to develop and participate in athletics programmes while also working with states and the federal government to promote wellness in school programs and offer athletics as part of school curriculum at all levels.”
Thomas also posited that if athletics is well managed; it will among other things help reduce vices among the youth and also have positive effects on other sectors like the hospitality and tourism sectors just to mention a few.
He further noted that another problem affecting the development of athletics in the country was finance and he has concluded plans to set up a vibrant marketing and sponsorship department.
Thomas also promised to attract corporate Nigeria and government funds for athletics while also securing funding and assistance from IAAF, IAAF Foundation and obtain lucrative deals with kitting companies.