Tanzania have pulled out of the ongoing African Athletics Championships, Asaba 2018, in Nigeria, claiming poor organisation and security concerns.
The country was expected to send five athletes to the biennual championships, but officials said they were unimpressed with the poor travelling plans to the event, as well as the threat of insecurity from extremist groups in the region.
“The organisers of the African championship acted too late in sending the invitation letters, and they also failed to assure us that we would get visas on arrival in Nigeria,” Wilhelm Gidabuday, who is Secretary, Athletics Tanzania, said.
“We are also concerned about the safety since the Niger Delta region where the event is being held has been put on security alert due to danger of attacks by the Boko Haram extremist groups.”
Kenya, represented by 60 athletes, also saw their travel plans affected with pictures shown of athletes and officials sleeping rough at Lagos airport.
Kenyan officials said the team were to travel to Asaba on Thursday for the rescheduled championships.