Itanyi con­demns Greene’s ap­point­ment by AFN

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Pa­tience Itanyi, a sil­ver medal­list in hep­tathlon at the 1999 All-Africa Games in Jo­han­nes­burg, yes­ter­day con­demned the ap­point­ment of the U.S. sprinter by the Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion of Nigeria (AFN), say­ing in a tele­phone in­ter­view that the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Greene’s ap­point­ment were ques­tion­able.

Con­se­quently,

she urged the AFN to make pub­lic Mau­rice Greene’s earn­ings.

“We need a lot of trans­parency in the deal­ings of the AFN be­cause, for some of us, there are lots of neg­a­tiv­ity sur­round­ing the fed­er­a­tion,” Itanyi said.

The AFN had on April 10 an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Greene, say­ing the Amer­i­can was to groom the coun­try’s ath­letes.

Greene is a for­mer world record holder in the 100m with a time of 9.79 sec­onds from 1997 to 2004.

But Itanyi said Nige­rian ath­letes had won lau­rels at in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions with­out for­eign coaches and saw no rea­son why the AFN could not look in­ward for a na­tional coach.

She said it was a shame that a coun­try like Nigeria could not get com­pe­tent coaches ``out of sev­eral na­tional coaches who are in their abun­dance in the coun­try’’.

“It is a big shame that we have coaches who have de­vel­oped ath­letes to the level of win­ning medals at com­pe­ti­tions, yet the AFN still have to go get a for­eign coach.

“Medals have been won with­out for­eign coaches and it is sad that we do not utilise the lit­tle fi­nan­cial re­source we have to cater for our young ath­letes.

“But rather, the AFN de­cides to use our scarce fi­nan­cial re­sources on ir­rel­e­van­cies which lead to a waste of funds.

“These waste­ful re­sources can be used in build­ing our ath­letes,” the for­mer hep­tathlon ath­lete said. (NAN)

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