The Athletics Federation of Nigeria ( AFN) through its Vice President Tafida Gadzama has sent a warning signal to the Road race organiser in the country to do proper registration with the federation to get their race sanctioned.
He said it has come to their notice and World Athletics that most road races in the country are not registered.
The AFN received a letter from World Athletics warning that the federation will be held responsible for non-payment of prize monies.
This is unacceptable going forward and to ensure our athletes get rewarded for participating in any road race, all road race organisers must annually register with the AFN and will be issued with licenses certifying them as such,’ Gadzama told Vanguard correspondent.
‘We have seen races where World Athletics competition rules are not strictly followed and where world records are set when we, for now, know the level of our athletes. Like World Athletics have been doing to protect the integrity of road races worldwide, especially with the label road races, the AFN, as an affiliate of the world body cannot do otherwise hence the decision to send technical and medical delegates.
‘The technical delegates will ensure all World Athletics rules are strictly applied before, during, and after a race and all race courses are properly measured”, he added.