The Nigerian contingent to the first ever African Skating Championship which took place in Togo gathered medals at the events despite the poor officiating which marred the event.
Our source from Lome the Togolese capital, confirmed that the officiating was far below international standards, the judges were not well informed about the rules of the game and this affected organization and implementation generally.
More so, in selecting the technical officials for the championship, Anglo-phone countries were sidelined and only the Franco-phone countries made the list, making decisions reached at the event one-sided and biased.
Despite all the stiff conditions, Nigeria’s Samuel Igaga won Silver medal in 20,000km Road Junior male event, Chidindu Vitalis won Bronze medal in 500m Senior male event, while Olawale Ibrahim won Bronze medal in 20,000km Road Senior event.
In the relay 3 x 5,000m Senior male events, the trio of Chidindu Vitalis, Abusodiq Abdulrasheed and Tunde Ishola ensured Nigeria’s name was not missing on the medal table as they finished third to win the Bronze medal for the event.
Interestingly, out of the 21 countries that registered for the first ever championship, only 9 countries ( Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Voire, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt and Congo) eventually took part in the championship with