July 01, 2015, (Blank NEWS Online) –
Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) president, Chief Solomon Ogba is in the running for one of the nine individual IAAF Council member seats when elections come up on the first day of the 50th IAAF Congress scheduled for Beijing, China on August 19-20 2015.
Ogba’s name was among the 39 listed by the IAAF in its official newsletter released Tuesday in Monaco as contestants in the elections.
The former Delta state sports commissioner however, has a tough battle to confront as he faces such credible,famous Olympians as Namibia’s Frankie Fredericks (double sprints silver medallists at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta; Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco who won the 400m hurdles gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Bahama’s Pauline Davis-Thompson, Abby Hoffman of Canada,Alberto
Juantorena Danger of Portugal, Kenya’s Isaiah Kiplagat, Momar Mbaye and Theophile Montcho of Senegal and Benin Republic respectively as well as Irena Szewinska of Poland amongst other heavyweights former track and field internationals.
Also in the running for a seat in the IAAF Technical Committee is Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, AFN technical director.
Former General Secretary of the AFN, Maria Wophil is also in the race to become the chairperson of the IAAF Women’s Committee.
Worphil, adjudged one of the most successful accounting officers the AFN has ever had is currently a member of the committee. She is also vying for a return as a member if she fails to clinch the ultimate ticket in Beijing.
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