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NOC sets up four-man committee to mediate in AFN crisis


The National Olympic Committee (NOC) has set up a four-man investigative panel to mediate in the crisis rocking the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

According to NOC Public Relations Officer, Phemmy Adetula, the committee, during its board meeting, which is part of its Annual General meeting, yesterday in Abuja chose President of Badminton Federation, Francis Orbih, as chairman with President, Taekwondo Federation, Binga Margaret and Toyin Aluko as members, while Emmanuel Nweri will serve as secretary.

According to Adetula, the NOC said it would not ignore happenings in the AFN, “the Olympic movement and solidarity is known for peaceful co-existence. So, for this simple fact, athletics as a sport, as well as 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 revealed that the committee was mandated to report its findings within the shortest possible time to the NOC.

Adetula also disclosed that the NOC hosted its first Patrons Forum, where the roles, expectations as patrons of the Olympic and Commonwealth movement amongst other vital issues were spelt out.Present at the forum were Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, a representative of Oba Saheed Elegushi, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Rt. Hon. Marc Wabara, Mrs. Kofo Nwokedi and Maj. Gen. Adamu Dyeri.The NOC’s annual general meeting will hold today at the Starview Palace Hotel in Abuja.


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