January 19, (THEWILL) – The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has announced that all existing and intending road race organisers must register with the federation as a pre-condition for getting their races sanctioned.
This announcement was made by AFN Vice President, Tafida Gadzama, who is also the head of the Federation’s road race sub-committee. The decision was made following complaints about non-payment of prize monies and uncertified measurement of race courses.
He said: “The AFN received a letter from World Athletics warning that the federation will be held responsible for non-payment of prize monies. ’ said Gadzama. The other conditions to be met will be attached to the licenses that will be issued upon registration.”
Additionally, the AFN, through its road race sub-committee, will also send technical and medical delegates to all registered road races in Nigeria. Gadzama added that the federation has seen races where World Athletics competition rules are not strictly followed and where world records are set when the level of Nigerian athletes is not known.
In conclusion, the AFN has decided on this necessary step to ensure the integrity of road races in Nigeria and to ensure that athletes are properly rewarded for their participation. All existing and intending road race organisers must register with the Federation as a pre-condition for getting their races sanctioned. This move will also ensure that all World Athletics rules are strictly applied and that all race courses are properly measured.
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