Ebewele disagrees with Special Sports body over classification of athletes
Former Captain of the Nigerian Olympic team, Brown Ebewele, has accused the Special Sports Federation of Nigeria of bias in the classification of the visually impaired, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Ebewele said yesterday in Benin that as a result of the bias in the exercise, many athletes with medal-winning prospects were denied the opportunity of being invited to camp ahead of the 11th All Africa Games.
The Games are scheduled to hold Congo Brazzaville from September 4 to 19.
Ebewele, a former Edo State Commissioner for Sports, has, therefore, urged the Director-General of National Sports Commission (NSC) to intervene to see that a transparent process was used in the selection of athletes for the Games.
He wondered why the likes of Deborah Adewale, Lucky Egbon, Andrew Lucky and Friday Agbangbee were dropped from the camp.
“Special sports are vital as far as Nigeria’s quest for glory in the AAG is concerned. These categories of athletes – the visually impaired — don’t go through a classification. That is how they compete.
If they don’t go through screening or classification in AAG, why are you now using it to knockout our athletes, who are capable of winning six or seven gold medals?”