High expectations of Nigerian track and field athletes
11 July 2002
Nigeria is basing its main Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games hopes on the athletics relays and field events.
A spokesman for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria said the nation's 4x100m women's relay team could win a medal “if we practise our baton exchange very well.”
Hopes are also high that shot put throwers like Chima Ugwu and Vivian Chukwuemeka-Peters will be winning medals for the country at the games if they can re-enact their pre-competition form.
The 42 athletes and officials representing Nigeria at Manchester 2002 have embarked on a training tour of Germany where they will spend two weeks before going moving on to Manchester.
Nigeria has entered competitors in seven sports at the games: athletics, judo, wrestling, swimming, boxing, table tennis and badminton.