To say that the hosting of this year’s African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba, Delta State has been below par is a big understatement, it has been very poor at best if one has to mince words.
From leaving international athletes stranded at the airport to the rescheduling of events to poor organisation, Asaba 2018 has done more harm than good to the image of Nigeria as a country and nothing magnifies this point than the host venue, the 23,000-capacity Stephen Keshi Stadium.
The state of facilities in the stadium is deplorable, degrading and shabby but it shouldn’t be a surprise to keen followers of the buildup to the competition.
Reconstruction work on the host venue started this year and the result of that decision is what is being witnessed in Asaba.
A section of the stadium has already crumbled in addition to the collapse of the water tank.
The Stephen Keshi Stadium has no floodlights meaning that the thought of holding night events is dead on arrival.
In the end, the level of unpreparedness unfolding before our eyes at the ongoing African Senior Athletics Championship casts a bad light on Nigeria as a country.
That’s really frustrating for those, especially Nigerians, from the school of thought that what is worth doing is worth doing well and even more frustrating that it could have been avoided.