Athletics body risks IAAF ban – Ogba

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Former President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Solomon Ogba, has warned that the ongoing crisis in the federation may force the IAAF to suspend its activities.

He told journalists at the congress of the AFN in Awka, Anambra State that IAAF frowns at “undue interference.”

Ogba reportedly spoke in the presence of the Secretary-General of the Confederation of African Athletics, Bawah Fuseini.

Fuseini, our correspondent learnt, was sent by the international body to observe the AFN congress.

According to the ex-president of the AFN, the letter written by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development was enough evidence for the IAAF to suspend Nigeria.

He gave an illustration of how the Gabon Athletics Federation was still facing IAAF suspension for undue interference.

Ogba, who recently resigned his membership of the AFN board, said, “The decision to hold the AFN 2019 Congress in Awka, Anambra State was taken even before the appointment of the new AFN secretary-general, Adisa Beyioku. The real AFN Congress is in Awka and not Abuja as some members who fail to form a quorum are gathered in Abuja.

“The gathering in Abuja is not the AFN congress as it was unlawfully called by Adisa without taking directive from the AFN president (Ibrahim Gusau); Nigerian athletics risks international suspension.”

 

 

Jibril. O