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FW: Nigeria fails to plan for the African Senior Athletics Championships

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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The 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships (ASAC) which just concluded in Asaba, Delta State received bad reviews from member states.



Athletes from more than 12 countries competing were left stranded at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos due to a lack of connecting flights before the games started. The organizers of the championship have been under fire for poor arrangements for participants since pictures on social media of athletes camping on the floor of the airport with their luggage surfaced.

The games kicked off on Wednesday, August 1st 2018, with many athletes still miles away from the venue, stuck at the airport in Lagos. The Kenyan team had arrived in Lagos on Monday afternoon but did not leave for Asaba, where the games are being held, until Wednesday.

Besides, camping at the airport, some of the athletes claimed immigration officials seized their passports. Major events scheduled for the first day of the championship had to be postponed till the next day because of the poor arrangements.

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