The International Association of Athletics Federations has granted the wish of middle distance runner Edosie Ibadin and quartermiler Emerald Egwin to switch allegiance from their country of birth United States of America to their parents' country Nigeria.
The duo had been registered by the AFN for the ongoing World Championships in London but the IAAF rejected their registration and asked for further proof that they are bonafide Nigerians. This was done with the athletes presenting their parents' birth certificates. Their clearance to don the green and white colours of Nigeria was thus granted and the Edo State-born Edosie will thus be in action today in the men's 800m while Egwin will 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 Saturday morning after getting her visa from the British high commission in Nigeria while Abike Egbeniyi who will be competing in the women's 4x400m relay will have to make another trip to the high commission on Monday for her visa. Three journalists, Esan Oludare of Complete Sports, Charles Ogundiya of Telegraph newspapers and Tunde Eludini are also waiting on the embassy to grant their entry visas to cover the championships which began on Friday in London.
While Ogundiya and Eludini will be covering their first IAAF Worlds, Esan will be going for his ninth after covering the sixth edition in Athens, Greece, the seventh in Sevilla, Spain, the eighth in Edmonton, Canada in 2001 as well as the ninth in Paris in 2003, the 11th in Osaka, Japan in 2007, the 12th in Berlin, Germany in 2009, the 14th in Moscow, Russia four years ago and the 15th edition two years ago in Beijing, China.