Athletes demand payment of allowances owed by Gusau

Nigeria track  and field athletes have demanded for the payment of all owed by the impeached president of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN),Ibrahim Shehu Gusau.  

The athletes made the demand in Akure during the AFN All-Comers held at the Federal University of Technology stadium.             

At a parley with some board members of the AFN led by its president, Olamide George, the athletes demanded that these should be paid even if the Honourable Minister for Youth and Sports Development has to be called upon to bail out the federation like he did for the junior athletes who went to the Africa U-18 and U-20 Championships in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire last  April.

The athletes listed some of the they are owed to include that for the African Championships held in Asaba in August 2018,the IAAF (now World Athletics) Relays in Yokohama,Japan in May, 2019 and the World Athletics Championships in Doha,Qatar in September/October 2019. 

 They revealed they were either not paid some at all or were short paid.

In his response,AFN president,George reminded the athletes that these allowances were included in the budget made by the impeached president and government released the necessary funds to prosecute the events. 

The AFN president revealed that coaches attached to the teams for these competitions are also owed allowances, some since the World Athletics Championships in London in 2017. 

‘What we have not been able to understand and we have asked Gusau to come and explain is how the AFN under his leadership at the time could be owing athletes for events  either fully or partially sponsored by World Athletics and for which budgets were made and funds released. For example,World Athletics paid for full board (accommodation, feeding and flight) for all 25 athletes Nigeria took to Doha late last year.

Yet the AFN under Gusau got about $92,000 from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development. Athletes were expected to receive $1,300 each but were paid $1,000. Even for officials,the international body paid 55% of accommodation cost in form of subsidy,’revealed George.

The first AFN Classics will hold at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium in Ado-Ekiti at the end of the month,

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