NPC Officials, Journalists Might Miss Trip Over Visa


The highly anticipated Oregon 2022 World Championship in Athletics kicks off Friday in Eugene, USA, but some Nigerian coaches and accredited journalists may miss out on the event due to their inability to secure visas at the US Embassy. in Lagos and Abuja.

The 2022 Oregon World Championship will take place July 15-24.

It was learned on Wednesday that some Nigerian coaches, accompanying officials from the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and the Ministry of Sports as well as four of the five journalists accredited by World Athletics to cover the championships had not received visas for them. allowing travel. in the USA

Some of those involved are said to have met the necessary requirements, including paying their $160 visa fee since April.

“Some of us paid the visa fee in April, only to be given an appointment date for March 2024,” one of the officials concerned said on Wednesday.

“I don’t know why the US Embassy in Nigeria will allow touts to control the dates of the appointments. Before the US government agreed to host these World Championships in Athletics, I expected their embassy around the world to treat accredited athletes, coaches and journalists with respect. I am sure that this kind of treatment will not be inflicted on athletes, officials and journalists from Great Britain, Germany and Australia. This could affect Nigerian athletes in Oregon.

Another official also hinted on Wednesday that the Ministry of Sports/AFN had received a verbal note through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for those concerned only for the United States Embassy to reject the majority of names insisting on the fact that only those who had a diplomatic passport and a blue passport would be honored.

“They said no to those who had green passports,” the official said.
Efforts to speak with US embassy officials in Lagos on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, Africa’s fastest man from Kenya, Ferdinand Omanyala, faces a race against time for a US visa so he can compete in the World Championships in Athletics.

Omanyala, who won the African 100m title last month in Mauritius, is due to compete in the heats tomorrow (Friday) at the world event in Eugene, Oregon.

“It’s sad not to have traveled to Oregon yet and 100m is in two days. Visa delays!! the 26-year-old Kenyan sprinter posted on Instagram.
“I still have hope. If I get to the start line, it will be fireworks. I thrive on setbacks.

Currently the third fastest man in the world this season behind Americans Fred Kerley and Trayvon Bromell, Omanyala set the African record for the 100m in 9.77 seconds last September.

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