The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has described as false media reports that the Cross River State Government the official sponsor of the All Nigeria AFN/CRS Athletics Championships has pulled out of its sponsorship.
A statement signed by Olukayode Thomas, the chairman of Communication and Media committee of AFN described the publication as untrue.
“ Cross River people and government are civil and cultured, they will not pull of sponsorships of the championships which serves as trial to major games and championships like the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, All Africa Games and IAAF World Championships without writing a formal letter to inform AFN”
Thomas said it is not just the AFN that felt embarrassed by the publication, but also the Cross River State Government, ‘’ they got in touch with us to express their shock”.
Thomas revealed that talks about extension are on the table,
“there will be a new government by the end of the month, and if tradition is anything to go by Cross River people and incoming government are usually interested in sponsorship of events that are of mutual benefit to the state and people and the other party.
“ Donald Duke started the Obudu Mountain Race, Liyel Imoke did not scrap it or stopped its sponsorship, rather he took to a new height, we are positive that the new Governor Ben Ayade will see the merits of the championships and continued its sponsorship” he said.
The next edition of the championship which serves as trials for the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships holds at the Calabar Township Stadium from July 30 to August 1.