Nigeria Athletics loses Technical Director and former Olympic medallist


CSP Sunday Bada

The Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Chief Superintendent of Police Sunday Bada has died at the age of 42 after he slumped at the National Stadium in Lagos on Monday evening.

According to the IAAF Council Member, Maria Wophill, who's also the Secretary General of the AFN, "It is with deepest sadness, that we announce the sudden death of our amiable Technical Director, Chief Sunday Bada, CSP (MON) Who passed on to glory on 12/12/2011."

Sunday Bada won three medals at World Indoor Championships, including a Gold medal at Paris 1997. He also won silver medals at the 1993 (Toronto) and 1995 (Barcelona) competitions

CSP Bada was also part of the Nigerian 4x400m relay quartet that won the silver medal behind the United States at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, but was later elevated to Gold medal after two of the American athletes failed dope tests. Nigeria established a national record time of 2 minutes and 58.68 seconds in that race.

He set his personal best of 44.63 seconds at the 1993 World Championships (the second fastest time by a Nigerian sprinter, after Innocent Egbunike's 44.17 seconds) where he finished fifth.

The late Bada's 400m indoor best of 45.51 seconds is still the African record for the event.

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