The Kenyan government has absolved Nigeria from travel hitches fiasco blames that affected countries traveling for the 21st Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Sports, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Hassan Noor Hassan said the major issue was a logical hitch by the Nigeria Athletics Federation and the event’s Local Organising Committee (LOC).
“The organisers did not anticipate the huge numbers of athletes and officials in reaction to the available flights which caused the chaos witnessed,” said Hassan.
He said it is not only Kenya that was inconvenienced but several countries suffered similarly from the travel hitch crisis.
The CAS asked Kenyans not to be worried as the country’s squad arrived in Asaba on Tuesday (August 1) at 12noon, Kenyan time.
Consequently, due to some organising problems, the organisers, decided to cancel Day one (1) of the competitions programme for round one of the 100m events, Men and Women and the 10000m Men final event.
“There will be a reschedule of the rest of the program to sit into the remaining four days,” read a statement from the Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA).
Teams from several African countries heading to Asaba, Delta State in Nigeria for the competition were held up at the Mohammad Murtala International Airport in Lagos stranded since last Saturday unable to connect flights
Moroccan delegation of athletes and officials were dismayed and decided to return home in protest.