Nigeria Olympic Committee probes crisis in Athletics Federation 


The Nigeria Olympic Committee has set up a four-man investigative panel to look into the crisis in the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. 

This was disclosed in a statement released by the Public Relations Officer of the NOC, Femi Adetula, on Wednesday.  

President of the Badminton Federation, Francis Orbih will serve as the chairman of the Panel 

Other members of the committee are President of the Taekwando Federation of Nigeria, Binga Margaret, a co-opted NOC executive member, Toyin Aluko and Emmanuel Nweri, who will serve as secretary. 

“The NOC cannot afford to close its eyes to happenings in the AFN, especially as we head towards the year 2020, an Olympic year. 

“The Olympic movement is known for peaceful co-existence. So, for this simple fact, athletics as a sport including other federations in the country must enjoy a peaceful environment without any rancour as they prepare for the forthcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan next year,” the statement said. 

The AFN has been embroiled in crisis which resulted to the board suspending its President Ibrahim Gusau on December 4. 

It then went ahead to name the federation’s vice president Olamide George as acting president. 

Gusau, however, presided over a congress of the AFN in Awka, Anambra State on December 5, where George and five other members of the board were suspended for two years for anti-federation activities.  

According to the statement, the committee is expected to submit a report to the NOC on its findings within the shortest possible time. 

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