The beginning of the African observe and discipline championships in Nigeria has been delayed after tons of of athletes have been stranded at an airport, some for 3 days after they have been left to sleep on the ground as they waited for a connecting flight to the host metropolis.
The Confederation of African Athletics says solely a small variety of occasions scheduled for the primary day of competitors in Asaba in Nigeria’s southern Delta state on Wednesday will go forward, and they are going to be moved again from the morning to the afternoon.
The vast majority of the occasions scheduled for Day 1 will happen later within the week after the chaos at Lagos’ worldwide airport.
The CAA stated there had been “organizing issues.”
Moroccan excessive jumper Rhizlane Siba, the 2014 African champion, stated she and her teammates have been caught in Lagos for 3 days ready for a flight and got little assist. She stated “we’ve not educated for 3 days, and we’ve not eaten correctly in two days.” Siba stated they spent one evening at a lodge, however the remainder of the time on the airport.
Footage posted on social media confirmed a few of Africa’s prime athletes sleeping on the airport flooring surrounded by their baggage.
The stranded athletes additionally included South Africa’s Olympic 800-meter champion Caster Semenya and lengthy bounce world champion Luvo Manyonga. The South African group additionally spent three days in Lagos.
Members of Kenya’s group have been stranded for 48 hours and have been threatening to stop the championships and go residence earlier than they lastly all reached Asaba on Wednesday.
IAAF president Sebastian Coe is in Nigeria for the occasion, which was initially meant to be held in Lagos however was moved to Asaba.