Nigeria’s participation in the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia has been dealt a blow by the Brazilian embassy in Lagos.
The eight athletes and three officials to represent Nigeria at the competition were denied transit visas by the Brazilians officials Friday as the delegation prepared to move for the championships billed to start on Wednesday July 15 and end 19. However, as at yesterday the Athletics Federation of Nigeria officials were still hopeful of making the trip with the hope of finding an alternative transit point to Cali. The boys 100m and the 400m are the events holding on the first day of competition.
Meanwhile the third leg of the AFN golden league was concluded yesterday in Akure. There wasn’t any outstanding performance except that of long jumper, Ese Brume who leapt 6.61m to relaunch her season. This is the second best jump of the season on the African continent, Blessing Okagbare’s 6.66m jump last week in Lausanne, Switzerland tops the list.
“I only managed one jump. This is because I bruised my elbow and suffered a knock on my knee during training for the meet. Hopeful, I should do more than my personal best as we get closer to the world championships and All Africa Games,” Brume said yesterday.