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AFN Performance Director, Okorie, gives tips on ‘tight’ accommodation, high altitude at Oregon 2022 World Championship

By Gowon Akpodonor
17 November 2021   |   2:35 am
Performance Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Victor Okorie, has given Team Nigeria tips on how to have a successful outing at Eugene, Oregon 2022 World Athletics Championship.

Performance Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Victor Okorie, has given Team Nigeria tips on how to have a successful outing at Eugene, Oregon 2022 World Athletics Championship.

Okorie, a former 400m hurdler, joined ‘Team Leaders’ from various countries for a three-day tour of facilities at Oregon, between November 7 and 10. He described the tour as ‘perfect.’

Speaking with The Guardian, yesterday, from his base in Tennessee, Okorie, who is the Southeast zonal representative on the AFN board, said that Team Nigeria would need to take a proactive measure by camping the athletes in Eugene for acclimatisation.

“The city has a high altitude/elevation, and it will be helpful for our athletes, if we can do early camping immediately after our national trials,” he stated.

Okorie, a silver medallist at the Abuja 2003 All Africa Games, said: “Accommodation will be an issue because all hotels in Eugene and Springfield are already booked for the World Championships slated for July, 2022.

“My recommendation for Team Nigeria will be to use an Airbnb for any additional accommodation. Airbnb is a type of accommodation where homeowners rent out their houses to make extra money. Teams are welcomed for group camping in advance before the championships begin. We need to consider the trial schedule, if we plan on participating in early camping in Eugene, Oregon,” he said.

Speaking on the tour of facilities at Eugene, Oregon, Okorie said: “I had opportunity to meet Performance Directors from Belgium, The Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Canada, United States and other countries, The tour gave us the chance to evaluate the type of facilities the host city is putting in place for the World Athletics Championship.

“The local organising committee did the event in a good manner. The athletes’ accommodation, located at Kalapuya Ilihi, has a capacity for over 2000 combined. It has great amenities, including 24-hour Wi-Fi service, community kitchen, athlete information desk, bookable meeting space, communal team lounge on each floor, and laundry facilities.

“The capacity for team official accommodation at Justice Bean hall is over 1000 combined. The accommodation venues are within 2.4km from Hayward field,” Okorie stated.