Golden League: 3 Reasons AFN Dumped Lagos For Port Harcourt
Football games involving the national team especially the Super Eagles are no longer taking place in Lagos because the ‘Center of Excellence’ lacks befitting natural playing surfaces.
Sadly, there is growing apathy around staging other sports events of national importance in Lagos; athletics is the latest on the list.
Before now, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN had scheduled Lagos to host the second leg of its Golden League.
However, the AFN is singing a different tone now as the same event has been taken to Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
According to Bounce Sports findings, here are the three major reasons why the Second Leg of the Golden League Meet was whisked away.
1. Excessive wind at the Yaba College of Technology:
Though the Sports Complex of the Yaba College of Technology often guarantees a lively atmosphere for sporting events, past experiences show that the venue gives room for excessive wind aided times which are often rendered invalid.
In track and field, wind assistance is the benefit that an athlete receives during a race or event as registered by a wind gauge.
Due to a tailwind helping to enhance the speed of the athlete in events like certain sprint races (100 and 200 metres), 100/110 metres hurdles, the triple jump and the long jump, there is a limit to how much assisting wind the athlete may perform under if the performance is to establish a record.
In order not to take chances and have an exercise in futility, the AFN has opted to now use the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium which does not have the wind challenges.
2. Top athletes camped in Port Harcourt
Preparations for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games is in top gear and already a lot of athletes are in camp at the High-Performance Centre in Port Harcourt.
The AFN admits that it is more convenient to hold the competition there since the bulk of athletes are already there than traveling down to Lagos at additional cost.
3. Better Equipment in Port Harcourt
It was gathered that some of the equipment needed for the Golden League Meet were not readily available in Yabatech and will have to be transported to the venue.
There are however no such challenges with the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, which has a beautiful new track.
ALSO WATCH: Bounce Sports: Major Sporting Events That Shook The World in 2017