Athletics: Police Officer, Aliyu Seeks To Lead Nigeria Coaches
The Track And Field Coaches Association Of Nigeria (TAFCAN) will on Thursday hold fresh elections in the Federal Capital territory, Abuja.
One of the top candidates in Thursday’s TAFCAN polls is Assistant Superintendent (ASP), Solomon Aliyu who is seeking to be the President of the coaches’ body.
Aliyu who specialises in the Sprints and Hurdles told Bounce Sports he was eyeing the top position in TACFAN to help better the lot of Nigerian coaches in Track and Field.
With an IAAF level III coaching certification, Aliyu ranks high among his contemporaries and he said one of his key objectives will be to facilitate more platforms for coaches in the country to improve on their knowledge.
"The world and athletics is moving at a fast pace, so we have to be up and doing if we don’t want to keep playing catch up. If elected as the President of TACFAN, among other things I plan to do, I will ensure there are more avenues for coaches to improve on their knowledge,” Aliyu told Bounce Sports.
With several medals to his name during his active days on the track as an athlete, Aliyu is also doing well for himself, the Police Force and the country since turning to be a coach over twenty years ago.
Aliyu has been with Team Nigeria to several international competitions including; two Olympic Games in London and Rio as well as the World Championship in Beijing China.
The ASP has also been to two All African Games in Maputo and Congo, Brazzaville where Nigeria did quite well in athletics.
Only recently, Aliu, who is the Vice Chairman Nigeria Police Athletics association, and Member Nigeria Police Sports Planning Committee, led the Force to a successful outing at the World Police Games in the United States of America.
The Nigeria Police won 10 medals five of which were gold and three silvers.
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