Ofili, Chukwuma, Amusan technically out of 23rd African Athletics Championships

Unless the under-fire Confederation of African Athletics, CAA, chooses to behave like the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, which included an athlete who was not registered for a race to run in the final of the race, the Nigerian trio of Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma and Tobi Amusan will no longer be competing in the ongoing 23rd African Athletics Championships.

The trio failed to start in the semifinal heats of their respective events despite being confirmed to start which is a contravention of World Athletics technical rules concerning participation of athletes.

Rule 4.4 titled Failure to Participate, sub-section 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 says an athlete shall be excluded from participation in all further events (including other events in which they are simultaneously participating) in the competition, including relays, in cases where: (1) final confirmation was given that the athlete would start in an event but then failed to participate or (2) where an athlete qualified in any qualification Round of an event for further participation in that event but then failed to participate further.

While Amusan fell under the first category, the duo of Ofili and Chukwuma contravened the second.

The implication of this is that Nigeria may find it difficult to raise a competitive 4x100m team.


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