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BREAKING: Nigeria Out Of World Relays As US Embassy Denies Athletes Visas

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AFN’s factional president, Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau, stated this in a declaration on Thursday, titled, ‘Sports ministry scuttles Nigeria’s World Relays participation’.

According to a document by means of The PUNCH, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria has introduced that athletes from the usa will now not be collaborating in the World Athletics relays billed to begin from May 1 to 2, 2021 in Poland.

AFN’s factional president, Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau, stated this in a announcement on Thursday, titled, ‘Sports ministry scuttles Nigeria’s World Relays participation’.

But John Akanji, media aide to the sports activities minister, Sunday Dare, denied claims that the sports activities ministry scuttled Nigeria’s participation.

Akanji, who said Shehu-Gusau is not the recognised AFN president, confirmed the development, saying, “the athletes were denied visas by the US embassy.”

A leadership crisis is currently rocking the Nigerian athletics body with the sports ministry backing a faction headed by one Olamide George.

The statement by the Shehu Gusau-led AFN read, “Nigeria will not participate in the World Relays because the Ministry of Youth and Sports opted to take the athletes to a training tour in the United States for the same relays, they are yet to qualify for, instead of a pre- Olympic Games qualification in Poland.

“The information at our disposal is that athletes who were supposed to represent Nigeria at the World Athletics Relays in Silesia, Poland were taken to the USA Embassy to obtain visas for a training tour of an event they were yet to qualify for.

“The scheduled relays in Poland were meant to enable Nigeria to secure qualification for the Olympic Games in Tokyo but to our disbelief, the athletes’ passports were diverted to the USA Embassy to secure visas for a training camp for an event they are yet to qualify for. How can a qualification competition in Poland which was our best bet be ignored for a training camp in the USA?

“This is one of the numerous reasons why sports in Nigeria should be allowed to be administered according to international best practices.”

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