Youth Olympic Games : Nigeria Rowing Federation to select athletes on merit
February 17, 2018
Ebenezer Ukwunna, Technical Director of NRCSF said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the ongoing four-day trials at the Bics Boat Club in Lekki, Lagos on Saturday.
He said that the events would ensure the country’s qualification for the Games.
NAN reports that qualification for Canoe and Kayak events of the YOG would hold in Barcelona, Spain, in April, while the Africa Youth Games in Algeria will serve as qualifiers for the rowing event.
“Through the trials, the technical crew has been able to identify those we believe have the skills and the talent needed to compete with others at the qualifiers in Spain.
“About 30 players, both male and female, from 10 states, took part in the trials for us to pick the best, based on their performances, to represent the country, ‘’ the technical director said.
Ukwunna, who did not disclose the number of athletes that would be selected, said those selected on merit would be invited to camp to further sharpen their competitive edge.
“Our target is to ensure that our athletes qualify for the YOG and I strongly believe that with determination and courage, anything is possible.
“Final preparations will commence soon and I expect the athletes to prepare their minds for the tasks ahead, ‘’ he said.
NAN reports that the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics will hold from Oct. 6 to Oct. 20 in Buenos Aires, Argentina