IAAF Wades Into Visa Delay for Nigerian Athletes, Advance Party Hits London

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ABUJA/Nigeria:World’s athletics governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is looking into the circumstances leading to the delay by the British High Commission in issuing entering visas to athletes and officials of Team Nigeria scheduled to feature at the London 2017 Senior Athletics Championships. The competition will run from Thursday, August 4 to 13.

according to information, 17 athletes penciled down for the trip were yet to secure UK visas due to what a source described as ‘shortness’ of the time that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) applied for it.

The Secretary General of AFN, Akawo Amaechi told The Guardian yesterday that the body was yet to receive any message from the British High Commission concerning issuance of visas to the contingent. “Our earlier plan was to depart for London tomorrow (today) to enable the athletes have time to relax before their competition. But as we speak, I have not gotten any message from the British embassy. I just hope they will issue the visas on time for us to go. The delay is becoming worrisome to us,” Amaechi stated.

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