Eleven athletes, 4 officials depart for 14th IAAF World Junior Championships

Some junior athletes have finally departed for the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) 14th World Junior Championships in Spain after delays in securing their travel documents.

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) on Wednesday confirmed that 11 athletes and four officials left for the competition holding in Barcelona from July 10 to July 15 late on Tuesday.

The athletes and their officials could not travel as earlier arranged because they did not secure their visas from the Spanish Embassy in Lagos.

But they were issued with the travel documents on Tuesday, after protests by AFN officials at the embassy on Monday.

Duro Ikhazuagbe, the Media Officer of AFN, said the contingent departed with 11 athletes and four officials as against the initial 24 athletes and six officials.

“They departed for the championships last night after the ordeal of being denied visa delayed their departure.

“However, we are glad that it is behind us now and we wish them the best of luck at the championships,” he said.


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