Amata’s new form thrills AFN boss
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has commended the national record-holder in high jump, Doreen Amata, for her good performance at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Dakar, Senegal over the weekend.
Amata’s 1.94 metres was her best in four years after being plagued by injuries in recent years.
AFN President, Solomon Ogba, believes Amata will do better this season, adding, “I am very happy with her performance. She is in good shape and form at the right time. This is a World Championship year, we also have the All Africa Games, so I am highly excited that one of our best athletes is doing very well.’’
Ogba projects that by July when most Nigerian athletes would be home for the Warri Relay and CAA Super Grand Prix and AFN/CRS All Nigeria Athletics Championships, Amata would do better. “I foresee her jumping above two metres a few weeks before the World Championships, with that mark she could make the final and in the final of any athletics event, anything can happen. I am not saying she will win a medal, but she has very good chance of getting to the final and in the final, don’t bet against any athlete, especially experienced ones like Amata.’’
Ogba praised Amata’s resilience and commitment to track and field, adding, “I advise the young athletes to move closer to her so that they can learn the secret of her resilience, commitment, patience and hard work.’’