By Ben Efe
Athletics Federation of Nigeria officials must now look for a new sponsor for its yearly All Nigeria Championships as the Cross River State government is unwilling to go on with support for the competition after four years.
The 2015 championships is billed for July and it will be a selection trial for the All Africa Games and the World Championships in Beijing China. It was gathered yesterday, that out-going governor, Liyel Imoke has not made any provision for the Cross River/ All Nigeria Championships neither has he briefed the incoming governor, Ben Ayade.
“There is a dark cloud over the championships. The only hope now, is that governor Imoke will take into consideration the five-year contractual terms. That is the only thread the championships is hanging on,” said a Cross River sports commission source yesterday.
He added that unless there is a change of heart by governor Imoke, this year will be the last the government of Cross River is providing financial muscle for the championships.
Governor Imoke, took over sponsorship of the championships in 2011 after Mobil Nigeria stepped aside. The championships, was part of Imoke’s drive to boost athletics development in the State.
However, AFN officials were hopeful that this year’s championship will go on as planed.
Meanwhile the third 3rd All Comers Competition has been fixed for May 26 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State UNIPORT Sports Centre.