Nairobi - Tanzania
have pulled out the African Athletics Championships in Nigeria due to
what it called poor organisation and security concerns in the west
Tanzania was expected to send five athletes to the biennial
championships in the southern city of Asaba, but officials said they
were dissatisfied with the poor travelling plans to the event, as well
as the threat of insecurity from extremist groups in the region.
The lead-up to the event, which was due to have gotten under way on
August 1, has seen more than 300 athletes from 20 countries stranded for
two days in Lagos, without flight connections to Asaba.
"The organisers of the African championship acted too late in sending
the invitation letters, and they also failed to assure us that we would
get visas on arrival in Nigeria," Athletics Tanzania secretary Wilhelm
"We are also concerned about the safety since the Niger Delta region
where the event is being held has been put on security alert due to
danger of attacks by the Boko Haram extremist groups."
Kenya, represented by 60 athletes, also saw their travel plans
affected with pictures shown of athletes and officials sleeping rough at
Kenyan officials said the team were to travel to Asaba on Thursday for the rescheduled championships.