NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s athlete representative Milcah Chemos and
team captain javelin Olympic silver medalist Julius Yego have
rebuked organization of the Africa Championships in Nigeria as
Kenya team spent a second night stranded in Lagos.
Speaking to Xinhua
on phone from Lagos, Yego admonished Nigeria organization for
the premier Africa track and field competition saying they may
reconsider returning home.
The team left
Nairobi on Monday morning and are among at least 200 athletes
from about 12 countries that are stuck in Lagos waiting for
connecting flight to Asaba, where the Africa championship was
due to start Wednesday to Sunday.
“We are stranded for
the second day at the airport. We have returned to the hotel yet
we have competition starting Wednesday. We are not sure if we
will go to Asaba, the city where the Africa Championships is
being held, which is about 500 kms from Lagos.”
Pictures of Kenyan
athletes sleeping on the airport floor in Lagos have gone viral
on social media and there are reports some other countries have
pulled out having travelled to Lagos, but failed to get the
connection flight to Asaba.
World 1,500m silver
medalist Timothy Cheruiyot said he is frustrated and tired of
the long layoff. “I am still stranded in Lagos. This is
unimaginable,” he said.