Athletics Federation of Nigeria dismisses reports on Blessing Okagbare’s ban from Rio 2016 Olympics Games

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria has dismissed media reports that Africa queen of the track and field, Blessing Okagbare, has been banned by the National Sports Commission and AFN from participating in the Rio 2016 Olympics Games.

In a statement signed by a member of the board of AFN and head of Communication and Media, Olukayode Thomas, the AFN described the report as false.

According to him, Okagbare has not done anything that warrants ban from the federation, explaining that if there existed a wrongdoing; she would have been invited to face disciplinary committee where she will defend herself against the allegation and recommendations made to the board, which will now take its decision.

Thomas stated that as of yesterday, the AFN had not queried or summoned Okagbare to appear before a disciplinary committee, and argued that the Nation Sports Council, headed by Alhassan Yakmut will not ban Okagbare without a fair hearing if she committed any offense.

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will meet in an all-Swiss semi-final at the US Open after impressive wins over Richard Gasquet and Kevin Anderson.

Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer did not face a single break point as he beat Frenchman Gasquet 6-3 6-3 6-1 in just 87 minutes.

Wawrinka made almost as short work of Andy Murray’s conqueror Kevin Anderson, beating the South African 6-4 6-4 6-0.

Meanwhile, top seed Novak Djokovic will face holder Marin Cilic in the other semi.



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