Former Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria,(AFN), Omatseye Nesiama, has endorsed the committee inaugurated by the Sports Minister,Sunday Dare, to probe Nigeria’s poor show at the last World Athletics Championship in Doha.
According to him, the committee which has Dr Umar Bindir, Rotimi Obajimi, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Dare Esan, Mary Onyali, Falilat Ogunkoya and Maria Wophill, will no doubt come out with valuable resolutions that would unravel the misery behind the poor performance of the athletes who came second in the athletics event of the last All Africa Games in Morocco but fell like a pack of cards at the World Championship in Doha, Qatar.
” I will have my reservations if the committee was set up for Nigeria’s poor outing at the World Athletics Championship as the outing where we got a bronze medal cannot be ascribed as poor outing but if it is meant to review and unravel issues that led to some embarrassing moments during the championship, then it is in order to avoid such errors in future,” he told The Sportinglife.ng.
But Sports Minister had ordered the committee that was given seven days deadline, wanted to know why countries like Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco and even Namibia, did better than Nigeria at the last World Championship.
Nesiama recently appointed by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) as one of its International Technical Officials (ITOs), believes the probe panel will do a good job to return the nation’s athletics back to its glorious height.
The inaugurated review committee is expected to bring out facts and figures in details and also interview some of the athletes and officials involved.
The disqualification scare of Blessing Okagbare and Divine Oduduru during the World Championship would be investigated. Although, The Athletic Federation of Nigeria had said it was responsible for the mix-up and apologised to Nigerians.