1 December 2012

Nigeria: Teslim Balogun's 'Bouncing Tracks' Worry Officials

Athletics officials are not expecting any record breaking performances on the tracks of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos where the athletics event of the National Sports Festival will hold.

According to the vice president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Jide Josiah the tracks are bouncy and uneven and therefore it will not support any spectacular performance.

"The Teslim Balogun Stadium tracks are not ideal. They are bouncy, this is because professional advice was not sort when they were being laid.

Coupled with the fact that most of the athletes do not have track facilities in their states, it will be difficult to have standard performances," said the former national sprinter. However, he stated that the federation is ready to deliver a hitch free athletics competition at the Festival. One week of athletics events begins today at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, while the field events will hold at the practice pitch of the adjacent National Stadium.

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