Two of Nigeria’s up-and-coming athletes, Divine Oduduru and Omeiza Akerele, have been named as members of the proposed team to the IAAF World Relays slated to hold between May 24 and 25 in Nassau, Bahamas.
It will be recalled that the duo did the country proud last year at the African Youth Athletics Championships and have also posted impressive performances at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Golden League, with both of them winning their events over two legs of the meet recently.
Oduduru won the Men’s 100metres in Akure with a Personal Best of 10.39seconds while Akerele fought stiff competition from old timer and Olympics bronze medallist, Godday James, to win the Men’s 400m in 46.88seconds.
Leading Team Nigeria to the World Relays is Moscow 2013 double medallist, Blessing Okagbare, who has been listed to compete in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays. She will be joined by Gloria Asumnu, Dominique Omajuwa Duncan, Francesca Okwara, Peace Uko and Endurance Abinuwa in the 4×100m.
Other female athletes in the team include Regina George, Patience Okon George, Omolara Omotosho, Bukola Abogunloko, Folashade Abugan and Amaka Ogoegbunam.
The men’s team has Ogho-Oghene Egwero, Obinna Metu, Nicolas Imhoaperamhe, Mark Quis Frazier, Elvis Ukale, Oduduru and Noah Akwu. Others are Amaechi Morton, Orukpe Eraikoyan Joseph, Akerele, Tobi Ogunmola and Isah Salihu.
AFN President, Evangelist Solomon Ogba will lead the contingent which includes Technical Director, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, Olumide Bamiduro (Secretary General), Eric Campbell (Performance Director) and Relays Co-ordinator, Maurice Green.
They will be joined by Gabriel Okon, Daniel Etsebiminor, Ekundayo Ogunkunle (Physio), Timothy Lee (Physio), Falilat Ogunkoya (Athlete Representative) and Oluyayode Thomas (Media Officer).