The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has denied media reports that the federation has dropped some coaches from Team Nigeria’s trip to the United States of America.
It will be noted that the trip to the US is to secure qualification for the relay events of the Tokyo Olympics.
“The report is untrue and a calculated attempt to distract the team from achieving the goal of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics relay events and achieving podium appearances at the Games proper,” Secretary General of the AFN, Prince Adisa Beyioku said in a statement at the weekend. Beyioku insisted that it was the prerogative of the federation to pick the coaches and athletes for any competition.
“It is the prerogative of the federation to pick the team (coaches and athletes) to any competition based on pre-championship or Games rules set by the federation.
“The USA trip does not qualify as a championship or Games where elite athletes require the presence of their personal coaches.
The objective for going to the USA is to secure qualifications for the relay teams and it requires coaches who have had the experience of taking our team for relay training and qualification,” stressed the AFN scribe.
“We also have in the team a young coach, Deji Aliu who was in Team Nigeria men’s 4x100m relay quartet that won a bronze medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004,” he concluded.
The Nigerian team arrived USA on Friday and has started preparation for their first meet.