#Asaba2018: See What Twitter Is Saying About The African Athletics Meet
Athletes from across various African nations came to Nigeria for the Africa Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba, Delta state.
However, reports and stories surrounding the start of the event which takes place at the Stephen Keshi Stadium range from sad to downright embarrassing.
The athletics meet is expected to have 1,500 athletes from 52 countries who will compete in the five-day event, which starts today, August 1 and ends on August 5, 2018.
Based on personal stories by athletes and African journalists heading for the event at Asaba, Bounce News captures four embarrassing moments shared by theses visitors on Twitter.
1. Some African athletes were stranded for up to 3 days in Lagos
Africa Atheltics Championship starts tomorrow in Asaba, Nigeria but several teams are still stuck at the Lagos Airport. No flights.— Saddick Adams Obama (@SaddickAdams) July 31, 2018
Team Kenya have decided to fly back to Nairobi if they fail to conect to Asaba. Ghana have arrived in Asaba but not without troubles #Asaba2018. pic.twitter.com/0r4dSStBFr
Moroccan highjumper Rhizlane Siba, 2014 African champion talking about their experiences in Nigeria..Athletes being stranded at the airport for 3 nights is UNACCEPTABLE. Nigeria such a disappointment. They knew they were hosting Africa Athletics Championships.. #Asaba2018 pic.twitter.com/uZxrDFgOZD— Katami Michelle (@MichKatami) July 31, 2018
Chaos in Nigeria ????!— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) July 31, 2018
Over 300 athletes from 20 countries stuck at Lagos Airport & don’t know when they’ll head to Asaba for the African Senior Athletics Championships.
Nigeria has done a very POOR job with the organization of flights! Look at Team Uganda ????! #Asaba2018 pic.twitter.com/u6VccK7jLh
2. One of the planes flying to Asaba was held together with duct tape!
Just been informed my accreditation is not ready so I can't cover the first session. Five days of travelling issues, no hotel room available because they're overbooked, and now I can't even do my job. Gotta try and shake it off but this is getting silly #Asaba2018— Wesley Botton (@wesbotton) August 1, 2018
3. Accommodating and accrediting the participants were an uphill task
Our CSR @Queenjohn4 and @dkuti82 on ground in Asaba are yet to get accredited. Journalists have been waiting at the football house since 7am. We have been told the person in charge of accreditation worked till 4am and he is still sleeping as we write. #Asaba2018 pic.twitter.com/Nsztca4lyn— ACLSports (@acl_sports) August 1, 2018
4. All morning Events were cancelled
Watch out for live updates on the event from Bounce News which is live at the event in Asaba.
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