Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Home based athletes to Camp in Europe, Kenya as AFN, NOC indicts Gusau, upholds Adeleye’s removal

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development has disclosed that home based athletes who will represent Nigeria in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be sent abroad to prepare for the world tournament. He made this disclosure while speaking with the press on preparations for the Olympics.

The Minister said that the foreign based athletes will benefit from the advanced sporting facilities  in their countries of residence, hence the need to provide same for the Nigerian based athletes.

“We are going to send a few of the home based athletes outside the country for the necessary training. Some will go to Holland, other parts  of Europe, some will even go to Kenya.”

The Minister also assured that the Ministry was doing all within its means to secure funding to support the athletes to ensure they give the best for the country at the competition later in the year in Tokyo. He added that the Adopt an Athlete was in full gear and would also serve to lift some burden off the Ministry.

In the meantime, suspended President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Engineer Ibrahim Gusau is in for stronger censure as a panel of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) indicted him saying his declaration of AFN’s autonomy from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development was out of order and impossible because the Ministry will always supervise National Sport Federations.

The Committee also endorsed the removal of erstwhile AFN Technical Director, Sunday Adeleye saying that he stands removed stemming  from the crisis surrounding the appointment of Mr. Sunday Adeleye and the report of the Ministerial Panel on Doha.

It said it discovered that the leadership crisis in the AFN had been brewing since the last National Federation elections in June 2017 and worsened before the 12th African Games Morocco in August 2019 when some board members asked Gusau to step aside as president and be investigated. Most AFN board members have scores to settle with each other in addition ego, emotions and sentiments that now threaten the sport.

The NOC Committee supports the fact idea that Ibrahim Gusau should appear the investigation panel set up by the  December 3, 2019 AFN Board meeting even though it recommended to the ministry might consider the expansion of the investigative panel to include “representatives of NOC, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Federal Ministry of Justice” so that the suspended AFN president can defend the allegations leveled against him within two weeks.

It also recommended the removal of former AFN Technical Director, “The position of the Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria is by appointment.

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