New AFN President, Ibrahim Gusau
BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
New President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Ibrahim Gusau, has promised to eradicate drugs from the sport, as well as open-door regime.
Speaking to newsmen after emerging victorious in an election conducted inside the Abuja National Stadium on Tuesday, Gusau said that his board would strive to revive Nigerian athletics by going back to basic- enhancing the sport at primary, secondary school and tertiary levels.
He said: “My board will do all it can to ensure Nigerian athletics are not associated with drugs. I can assure you that every athletic will participate on his or her standard. You can see what is happening to Russia, I can assure you that Nigeria will not be like Russia.
“We would have an open-door regime. I lost election four years ago and I took it. Anyone with something to offer will not be left out. We would work hard to pacify and carry people along, but those who don’t want to be carried along will be left out.
Elections onto the various boards of the federations were marred by protests and fisticuffs. Delegates were stunned when they arrived at the venue in the morning to find out that some of their prospective candidates have either been disqualified or their names replaced in the list of eligible candidates.
Nigeria Basketball Federation defied the Sports Ministry’s guidelines to conduct its election at a hotel in Kano a day earlier, claiming adherence to FIBA guidelines and rules.
Athletics Federation of Nigeria Board membership elections concluded yesterday at the National Stadium Abuja were marred by protests and fisticuffs, even as Ibrahim Gusau emerged as president. L-R: Agara, Yakmut, Gusau, Kienka, Nimrod Delegates to the election were stunned when they arrived at the venue on Tuesday morning to find out that some of their prospective candidates have either been disqualified or their names replaced in the list of eligible candidates.