AFN Probe :NOC panel disregards Gusau’s autonomy plans, endorses Adeleye removal

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… resolves to work with the ministry

The Nigeria Olympic Committee panel set up to wade into the crisis that engulfed the Athletics Federation of Nigeria has indicted the suspended president, Engineer Ibrahim Gusau as well as endorsed the removal of Sunday Adeleye as the Technical Director of the federation.

It will be recalled that Gusau had declared that the AFN was going to part ways from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

The panel headed by NOC’s second Vice President, Mr. Francis Orbih had quietly presented its report on the situation in Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare at the National Stadium, Surulere last Friday at a low-key event.

The NOC panel said his position was out of order and impossible because the Ministry will always supervise National Sport Federations.

“The declaration of autonomy by AFN was out of order as that is practically not possible.  The Ministry will always retain a supervisory role over all the activities of National Sport Federations, ” the report says.

It was gathered 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.

The NOC Committee supports the fact 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 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.

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The panel while  endorsing the removal of former AFN Technical Director, Sunday Adeleye,

“The position of the Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria is by appointment.

“In view of the crisis surrounding the appointment of Mr. Sunday Adeleye and the report of the Ministerial Panel on Doha, this Committee hereby recommends that Mr. Sunday Adeleye stands removed as AFN Technical Director,” the report said.

Meanwhile, the Committee has declared its support for the ministry as well as working with the acting leadership of the federation led by Hon Olamide George.

“The NOC in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development should work with the group that is ready to work with it to achieve” the goal of excelling at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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