Sprints Queen, Blessing Okagbare and multiple national champion, Tosin Oke were among the high-profile absentees from the All Nigeria Championships taking place in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.

The usual influx of athletes from the diaspora to jostle for spaces in the Nigeria team was also missing as mostly home-based stars battle for honours in this year’s National championships.

Okagbare who reports suggest is very much in the country was nowhere around the National stadium in Abuja to defend her 100m national title in the Day One activities of the National trials.

In her absence, Aniekeme Alphonsus has now emerged as the new 100m Women’s champion.

In some of the other highlights of Day 1 in Abuja, Ese Brume with a leap of 6.40m won the Long Jump Women’s gold.

Also, Patience Okon George clocked a Season's Best of 51.34s to qualify for the World Championships in London while Samuel Kure retained his men's Javelin title with his best mark of 71.24m.

There are insinuations that the leadership crisis still rocking the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN contributed a great deal in the blackout of top stars in Abuja.