This is not the best of time for Nigerian athletics. For three days and two nights, Nigeria’s athletes and officials to the 2019 African U-18 and U-20 Athletics Championships were on the road navigating their way to the competition venue in Abidjan, capital of Cote d’Ivoire.
The contingent was said to have departed from the Gateway International Stadium in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State aboard four luxury buses at about 5am on April 13 with 85 athletes and unspecified number of coaches.
Among top officials on the trip to Abidjan was the Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Sunday Adeleye, who left Ijebu-Ode on his private car. The president of the AFN, Ibrahim Gusau was said to have jetted out earlier to Abidjan by flight.
Read more: The Guardian, April 17, 2019