The National Sports Festival was off to a jerky start Tuesday night with participating journalists, volunteers and staff of various committee left in the lurch.
It took the intervention of a senior staff of the National Sports Commission who had his accreditation tag around his neck before some staff of the NSC, working with the Main Organising Committee were allowed to enter their offices located inside the Molade Okoya Thomas Sports Hall at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
For journalists covering the festival, it has been a harrowing experience. As at yesterday morning, no journalist had received his accreditation tag. Some resorted to the use of their company ID Cards to enter the stadium as most applications for accreditation had not been processed.
A member of the LOC media subcommittee who pleaded anonymity said the problem was not the LOC’s. He rather passed the buck and said it was the Main Organising Committee that was responsible for accreditation “It is their games and they are in charge of accreditation,” the source said.