Running is the main thing in athletics but monies developing legs and disappearing in alarming fashion from the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN is mind-boggling.

Intrestingly, the Minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has been fingered in the ‘missing’ N45m Scandal currently rocking the AFN.

The AFN is presently immersed in a N45m ($125,000) financial mess that may land the country in more trouble with the International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF.

Contrary to most media reports, Bounce Sports scooped from an authoritative source that the IAAF erroneously paid the AFN an excess of $125,000 while it wanted to pay a $25,000 grant.

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The source alleged that the Sports Minister was duly briefed about the excess payment made over six months ago.

Instead of calling the attention of the IAAF, it is being alleged that the Minister approved the spending of the what they had seen as ‘free money’

“Instead of the $25,000 the IAAF wanted to give Nigeria as a grant, the IAAF account department mistakenly sent $150,000,” the source stated.

The source continued: “The AFN scribe had written to the former Director of the Federation of Elite Athletes Department (FEAD) in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mrs. Hauwa Kulu Akinyemi of the money from the IAAF.

Mrs. Akinyemi then subsequently informed the Permanent Secretary who in turn informed the Minister, the source revealed.

“The minister was written to and he approved the spending after the money for the Warri Relays was removed” the source affirmed.

While the Minister is yet to make any public statement on this matter,  it is understood that the IAAF will hold on to every money due to Nigeria and her athletes until they get all their money back.

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