The Athletics Federation of Nigeria AFN has disclosed that Nigeria will no longer participate at the 2021 World Athletics relays scheduled for May 1st and 2nd in Poland.
The Federation sighted the interference from the Federal Ministry of Youth and sports as the major reason from opting out of the event.
President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau confirmed the development and also added that that the Federal Ministry sent the athletes penciled down for the event, to another tour in the United States.
The 2021 World Athletics relays which is scheduled for Poland is an even where the athletes were expected to compete for for a place atthe Tokyo Olympic games.
“The information at our disposal is that athletes who were supposed to represent Nigeria at the World Athletics Relays in Sielsa, Poland were taken to the USA Embassy to obtain visas for a training tour of an event they were yet to qualify for” he told journalists in Lagos.
The latest hiccups further proof that all is not well between the Federal Ministry of sports and the Shehu-Gusau led AFN.
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