The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has condemned the failure of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) to return the excess of $135,000 which the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) mistakenly remitted to it.
In 2017 the IAAF, while trying to disburse the $15,000 it remits to each of its affiliated federations around the world, erroneously overpaid Nigeria.
Soon after, they discovered the mistake. IAAF wrote to its Nigeria’s affiliate body, AFN, to return the excess to no avail. Even reminders and discussions with the sports authorities in the country have not yielded any result.
It is regrettable that the federation and indeed the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports have for over two years failed to find out how the money developed wings from the accounts of the AFN to the extent that the IAAF has threatened sanctions on Nigeria.
In fact, Nigeria is set to be barred from the forthcoming All Africa Games…