The Association of Former Female Athletes of Nigeria (AFFAN) has urged active athletes to combine sports with education so as to have meaningful lives after their active years in sports.
According to the President of the association, Dr. (Mrs) Esther Oluwatoyin Aluko, AFFAN was established in response to the yearnings of hundreds of former athletes who have distinguished themselves in various spheres of life, for a platform through which they could come together as a body to give back to the society.
“We are group of female athletes who have at one point represented Nigeria in various sports and we have paid our dues by bringing laurels to our country.
“Before now, we realized that there was no voice for the former athletes and we decided to come together to form this association.
“We don’t want the younger athletes to face the kind of challenges we faced and that is why we are presenting ourselves as role models.
“We encourage the younger ones to focus and they must combine sports with education,” she said.
Aluko said the goal is to have athletes functioning at the top of any endeavour and not complaining of being abandoned after active years.
“Gone are those days when athletes will have inconclusive education and we want to stop that. We want to have athletes to be able to function in any area of life. We want to produce ex-athletes that will be politicians, lawyers, accountants,” she said
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