AGENCIES: World athletics ruling body, IAAF may stop Nigerian athletes from participating in this year’s African Games in Morocco, the World Athletics Championships in Doha, as well as the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo.
This is because the country refused to return the $134,000, which the IAAF mistakenly paid into Athletics federation of Nigeria (AFN) account two years ago.
The amount was said to have been paid by IAAF as part of its US$15,000 annual grant to member federations for the year 2017. But instead of the $15,000, the IAAF mistakenly paid $150, 000 to the AFN.
The IAAF accountants later discovered the error and subsequently asked AFN to refund the excess payment.
In IAAF’s letter to the AFN on Tuesday, they said they informed the AFN on March 14, 2018 of the payment made by the IAAF into the bank account of the federation but got no response