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Sports Minister Inaugurates Probe Committee Monday On Team Nigeria’s Doha 2019 Campaign

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare will on Monday inaugurate a committee to review the participation of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar as part of measures to forestall a reoccurrence of the challenges that resulted in a poor showing for Team Nigeria at the championships.

The inauguration is scheduled to hold by 2pm at the Media Centre Package ‘ A’, Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

According to a press statement signed by Olusade Adesola, the Sports Ministry’s permanent secretary, terms of reference will be set for the Committee, chiefly amongst which will be to investigate the factors responsible for the less than impressive performance of Nigeria’s athletes at the championships, as well as the remote and immediate factors responsible for the avoidable disqualification of Blessing Okagbare and Divine Oduduru.

The committee will also be saddled with the responsibility to make recommendations that will ensure improved performance of Nigeria’s athletes at major championships, as well as any other recommendations as may be deemed fit.

It would be recalled that the Sports Minister directed the recall of Mr Sunday Adeleye, Technical Director of the AFN from the Championships[1] on the heels of avoidable massive and unacceptable technical and administrative lapses that embarrassed the nation.

Nigeria won a bronze medal at the championships courtesy of long jumper, Ese Brume who became the second Nigerian to win a field event medal in the history of the competition.

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