•By Wale Joseph
The National Olympic Committee (NOC) on Wednesday, during its board meeting set up a four-man investigative panel to mediate in the crisis rocking the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).
Phemmy Adetula, Public Relations Officer of NOC said in Abuja that the panel has Barrister Francis Orbih, President of Badminton Federation as chairman with Binga Margaret, President, Taekwando Federation, Toyin Aluko as members and Emmanuel Nweri as secretary.
According to Adetula, “the NOC cannot afford to close its eyes to happenings in the AFN. The Olympic movement and solidarity is known for peaceful co-existence. So, for this simple fact, athletics as a sport including other federations in the country must enjoy a peaceful environment without any rancour as they prepare for the forthcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan next year”.
He said the committee was mandated to report its findings within the shortest possible time to NOC.
Meanwhile, the NOC also held its maiden Patrons’ Forum with the objective to further highlight the roles, expectations of Patrons of the Olympic and Commonwealth movement amongst other vital issues affecting the country’s sports development.
In attendance were at the maiden meeting were: Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, representative of HRM Oba Saheed Elegunshi, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Rt. Hon Marc Wabara, Mrs kofo Nwokedi and Maj. Gen. Adamu Dyeri.
The Annual General Meeting of the NOC takes place on Wednesday, 11 December, 2019.