AFN’s scientific training for athletes will pay off in Rio, Anugweje assures

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The scientific training approach embarked upon by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), to guarantee medals for Nigerian athletes in this year’s Rio Olympics Games is now in a new phrase.

Team Nigeria athletes failed to win any colour of medal at the last Olympics in London, a performance the AFN is doing everything possible to avoid this summer in Rio, Brazil.

Speaking with The Guardian from the AFN High Performance centre at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday, a board member of AFN, Professor Ken Anugweje disclosed that the training programmes for the athletes in build up to the Olympics was broken up in two categories.

“Our scientific training ahead Rio Olympics Games was broken up in cycles,” Anugweje said. “We have the mesocycle and microcycle system in place, but we decided to begin with the over-distance races last month to know the fitness level of the athletes. The microcycle is a sub-step of the mesocycle. Now, we are moving to a new level of training. The athletes are now embarking on speed work, but we are not neglecting other aspects such as strength, endurance and flexibility training of the athletes,” he said.

Speaking further, Anugweje hinted that virtually all home-based athletes, who have booked their tickets for the Rio Olympics are doing well at the AFN training camp in Port Harcourt.

“It is too early to count our chicks, but the likes of Ogho-Oghene Egwero, Obinna Metu and Divine Oduduru are doing well in the camp. We want them to pick when it will count. If we rush them with crowded programees and they pick at the wrong time, that will be disastrous for Team Nigeria when it matters most in Rio,” he stated.

Last month, the AFN organized an over-distance race, a one-day meet for the athletes at the University of Port Harcourt to test their state of preparation for the Rio Olympics.

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