The 21st edition of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Senior African Athletic Competition kicks off in Asaba, Delta State on Wednesday but its credibility is in serious jeopardy after international athletes were left stranded at the airport by organisers.
Over 300 athletes have reportedly been left stranded at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos without any knowledge of when they would leave for the host city, Asaba.
This is in stark contrast to the promise made by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairman, Solomon Ogba on Monday.
Speaking at a press conference at the media center of the host venue, Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Ogba stated that the competition will surpass previous events hosted on the continent.
In his words, he said: “This is a record-breaking championship because we have exceeded all the benchmarks given.”
“We have about 52 countries, 48 of which were around for the DRM. About 90% of the athletes expected are already in the country and we have a record number of foreign journalists who have come to cover this championship.” He further stated.