Lagos - The President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN),
Solomon Ogba, on Monday appealed to the U.S. Consulate to issue a visa to a
Nigerian top athlete to attend the Penn Relay.
Ogba, apparently worried over the delay in granting the
visa, disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the athlete
is Patience Okon George.
The Penn Relay is scheduled for April 28 to April 30 in
He urged the embassy to grant her visa for Nigeria to have
strong team to the event.
He however said that the embassy had informed the AFN that
the delay was due to administrative process, adding that the body’s worry was
because the competition was part of Nigeria’s Olympics preparation.
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“Till now, she has not received her visa and we have
competitions coming up. They have been telling us that it is due to
“To me, it is taking forever and she is one of our strong
athletes for the relays.
“They should please grant her the visa so that the Nigerian
team will be strong enough to make an impact at the relays and other competitions,’’
Ogba also said the delay did not allow her to participate in
the IAAF World Indoor Championships which held from March 17 to March 20 in
He said that the names of the athletes for the Penn Relays
would not be released until all of them had been cleared.
Okon George is among the 4x100m team that won a bronze medal
at the 2014 World Relay in Bahamas.
She is also among the quarter milers who clinched a silver
medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Okon George also won a bronze medal in the 400m at the
African Championships held in Marrakesh, Morocco.
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