Saturday 23rd September, 2017
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Nigeria may miss World Athletics Championships

Nigeria may miss World Athletics Championships

Nigeria athletes may not participate in the Lon­don 20117 World Ath­letics Championships, unless the Ministry of Youth and Sports moves fast to register Nigeria for the event, which registration closed Sunday midnight.

As at the time of filling this re­port, it was not clear whether the AFN has registered for the cham­pionship or not, as all efforts by The AUTHORITY to confirm the situation proved abortive as there was no response to all in­quiries made to the officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Executive board members of the Athletics Federation of Ni­geria (AFN) have regretted the inability of the Federal ministry of Youth and Sports to help the federation organize the final tri­als ahead of the World Athletics Championships in London

A board member-elect of the AFN, Sunday Adeleye blamed the rather ugly development on the inability of the Ministry of Youth and Sports to financially support the championship.

Adeleye, who is the athletes’ representative on the board told journalists, that only three people pulled resources together to en­sure that the chance of giving the athletes the opportunity to show­case their talents was not lost.

“As I speak to you, we have not gotten a dime from the Ministry of Youth and Sports to organize this championship. They claim there is no money for it and that our board has not been inaugu­rated. But it is this same champi­onship that will qualify our ath­letes to participate in the world championship.

“As we speak, nobody has talked about how to register for the world championship which must be done before midnight on Sunday. We have to pay for flight tickets as well as pay allowances to the athletes.”