Asaba 2018: Several foreign athletes stranded in Lagos due to flights unavailability

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As the All African Athletics Championship(AAC) kicks off in Asaba today, many athletes from other African countries have been stranded at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos because there are no flights to take them to Asaba.

Punch reports that over 300 athletes from Kenya and some other African countries are currently stranded in Lagos without hope of meeting up with the kick off of the games.

Some of the participating countries have arrived in the Delta State capital with organisers saying over 1,500 athletes from 52 countries will compete in the five-day event. The competition ends on August 5.

But the transportation of foreign athletes from Lagos to Asaba has put a blemish on the organisation of the biennial competition.

Athletes have reportedly spent days at the local wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while waiting to be transported to Asaba.

It was learnt that the Kenyan delegation of about 80 athletes and officials arrived in Lagos on Monday but were unable to get a flight to Asaba, with reports saying the East African country has pulled out of the championships.

“Kenya will not take part at this year’s African Senior Athletics Champs. The event is meant to start tomorrow (Wednesday) in #Asaba2018 but scores of athletes are still stuck in Lagos with no flights available,” South African radio, Kaya FM, tweeted on Tuesday.

Kenyan sports journalist Michelle Katama also tweeted, “Team Kenya wants return home from Lagos and abandon Africa Senior Athletics Championships. Team has been held at Lagos airport for no flights to Asaba #Asaba2018.”

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