IAAF Clears Edosie, Egwin To Compete For Nigeria

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has cleared middle distance runner Edosie Ibadin and quarter-miler Emerald Egwin to switch allegiance from their country of birth, the USA to their parents’ country, Nigeria.

The duo had been registered by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria for the ongoing world championships in London but the IAAF rejected their registration and asked for further proofs that they are bonafide Nigerians.

The switch was finalised when the athletes presented their parents’ birth certificate.

With the clearance, Edo State born Edosie will be in action on Saturday, August 5, in the men’s 800m while Egwin will have to wait to compete when the women’s 4x400m relay team take to the track at the Olympic Stadium.

The inclusion of the duo brings to 20 the number of athletes Nigeria has registered for the competition.

Meanwhile, quarter-miler Yinka Ajayi is expected to join the team on Saturday, August 5th after securing her visa from the British embassy in Nigeria while Abike Egbeniyi who will be competing in the women’s 4x400m relay will be hoping to receive hers on Monday.