.British Embassy Yet To Give Home-Based Contingent Entry Visas
Former national triple jump king Tosin Oke has been cleared to compete at the 16th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships which begin on Friday in London,United Kingdom.
The news about Oke’s registration for the triple jump event at the championships was conveyed by the IAAF to the AFN Tuesday.
Oke, who holds a personal season’s best of 16.70m and qualified for the championships as an area champion following his victory at the African Championships last year in Durban, South Africa will be making his third competitive trip to the championships after making his debut in 2009 at the 12th edition of the IAAF flagship event in Berlin, Germany.
He was a finalist two years ago in Beijing, China at the 15th edition of the championships where he jumped 16.81m to end up as the eighth best triple jump at the event.
Oke’s addition has increased to 18 the number of Nigerian athletes that will compete at the championships following the addition of sprint hurdler, Lindsay Lindley in the 100m hurdles and the 4x100m women’s relay team which has reigning national 100m champion Aniekeme Alphonsus Etim, Wisdom Isoken, Jennifer Madu and Maria Thompson Omokwe with Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor and Lindley joining the group after their respective individual events.
Meanwhile Okagbare-Ighoteguonor has arrived London for the championships.
The double medalists at the 14th edition of the championships in Moscow, Russia in 2013 arrived Tuesday to begin her final preparation four days before she takes to the track at the London stadium for the first round of the 100m event.
Okagbare-Ighoteguonor is making her fourth trip to the championships.
In a related development, the British Embassy in Nigeria is yet to issue entry visas to athletes who are scheduled to leave for London from Nigeria with only two days before the start of the championships.
AFN secretary general Amaechi Akawo said that he has not received any positive response from the Embassy as at the close of work on Tuesday but believes the visas will be issued before the championships get underway on Friday.
‘I am regularly in communication with the IAAF and I believe the embassy will realize the athletes and officials whose passports are before it are representing the most populous black nation on earth and a strong member of the commonwealth nations,’ he said.
Akawo also disclosed that the president of the federation, Ibrahim Gusau is already in London for the 51st IAAF Congress.