The Nigeria Athletics Federation (AFN) learned with shock and sadness the premature death of veteran athletics trainer Adu Uruemu.
Uruemu, coach of Arena Athletics Academy, died on Sunday, May 10, 2020 in Lagos, after complaining of a headache. He was 54 years old.
In a statement released on Monday, AFN President Olamide George said that Uruemu's passing devastated the athletics family in Nigeria.
“This is a very sad time for athletics in Nigeria. We are still struggling to get past coach Tobias Igwe and John Obeya. Now, death has given us another blow to the athletics family. Coach Uruemu was more than a coach for his athletes. He was a father and mentor and very helpful to all athletes. He was optimistic and defended the cause of the development of athletics in Nigeria. Until his death, he was the Secretary General of Nigeria's Masters of Athletics, ”said George, recalling that Coach Uruemu produced many Nigerian athletics talents, some of whom are already in the United States to further his education and career.
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“Sprinter cum jumper, Ruth Usoro is one of the athletes that Uruemu produced for Nigeria. Ruth is fourth on Nigeria's indoor all-time long jump list, after jumping to a new 6.57 million best person last February. She is also one of the track and field athletes adopted in the talent adoption program by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, in preparation for the 2020 Olympics. Coach Uruemu also trained long jumper, Omoshola Omolayo, who is also a fellow athletics in the USA, ”added George.
Uruemu, a former sprinter and quartermiler, also trained sprinters; David Sule Bamidele Taiwo
and Okey Ezuika to national stardom and was behind the success story of Nkem Ezealah, the young athlete who died from a car accident a few years ago.
The AFN president says the federation will send a message of condolences to Coach Uruemu's family and prays that God will grant the family the courage to endure this great and irreparable loss.
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