Team Nigeria camp in disarray over recall of Technical Director

October 4, 2019
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The camp of Team Nigeria participating at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championship in Doha is in disarray over the recall of the Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Sunday Adeleye.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, on Sunday posted a message on his Twitter page @SundayDareSD to ask for the recall of the AFN Technical Director, Sunday Adeleye, from the camp of the IAAF World Athletics Championship.

The athletes expressed rude shock that the team leader has been directed to leave camp due to the directive of the Minister of youth and sport.

Athletes who do not only see Adeleye as their Technical Director but also as a mentor are not happy with the development and have been wondering why the minister would recall their top official in the middle of a top competition and expect them to perform to the best of their ability.

The recall happened after the IAAF disqualified and reinstated Nigeria’s top sprinters Divine Oduduru and Blessing Okagbare from the Men and Women 200m events respectively after they didn’t participate in the Men and Women’s 100m events.

One would have expected Adeleye to finish his duties as team leader at the championship and then a committee is set up to look into the issue and address it accordingly upon the team’s arrival back in the country as this is a clear case of interference.

Sources in the team camp, said athletes are demoralized as this would affect the team’s performance during the remaining part of the championship.

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