Following intervention from eminent sports personalities, the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has lifted the suspension placed on its Golden League.
Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, Technical Director of AFN confirmed this to newsmen on Thursday that the federation has accepted the apology tendered by the athletes involved in the disruption of the Benin leg of the 2013 edition.
“The suspension we placed on the Golden League following disruption of the Benin City edition by some athletes has been lifted. We are resuming the league next week with the Ilorin edition,” Nesiama said.
He also confirmed that all the clubs willing to play by AFN rules governing the Golden League are free to send in their entries for the next edition in Ilorin.
“Apart from the three athletes that we banned for three years from all AFN competitions, all the others have been pardoned to return. The rules and standards that we set for athletes to achieve to earn the prize money are still in place,” AFN Technical Director further stressed.
After the first leg of the Golden League which held in Sagamu last month, some athletes protested against the standard put in place by the AFN to shore up the quality of competition from the home- based athletes.
The federation, in a quick response reacted by picking out the ring leaders and slammed them with three years ban.
The AFN technical director on Thursday sounded a note of warning to the 54 athletes and 16 officials invited for camping ahead of the 11th African Junior Championships to strictly adhere to camp rules.
According to Nesiama, the camping is scheduled to hold at the IAAF High Performance Centre (HPC) at the University of Port Harcourt and it has been slated for May 13.
“Athletes and officials should maintain strict camp rules and discipline. I urge them to abide by the code of conduct,” Nesiama added.
The African Junior Championships comes up June 27-30 in Pretoria, South Africa. Africa’s representatives for the 8th IAAF World Youth Championships will be selected from the event.