AFN crisis: NOC wades in, sets up 4-man panel


The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has set up a 4-man committee to resolve the crisis that has engulfed the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

It will be recalled the AFN board has been polarized with the suspension of Ibrahim Gusau as president while Olamide George who was the president is the acting president over misappropriation of funds.

The committee led by the President Badminton Federation of Nigeria Francis Obih is expected to report back to the NOC within the shortest time possible.

This was made known by the Public Relations Officer of AFN, Mr Femi Adetula in a chat with journalists.

According to him, “the board of NOC met this morning (Wednesday) and part of what we discussed at the meeting was the issue of AFN, the Olumide and Gusau led boards.

“A four man committee has been set to mediate as we are going to the Olympics and we don’t want what will cause rancor between the athletes and Nigerians.

“We have athletics where we can win medals among other sports. The report will be out shortly,” he said.

Other members of the committee are Binga Margaret, Toyin Aluko and Emmanuel Onweri.

Meanwhile, the NOC President, Engr Habu Gumel during his address at the NOC Patrons Forum said the board is committed to making good their promise to put together a Forum where they can meet and interact with distinguished Patrons with a view to sharing ideas and to better understand ourselves. 

“One of the objectives of this Forum is to further highlight our roles expectations as Patrons of the Olympic and Commonwealth Movement,” he said.

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