Athletics: African Supremo Urges Nationality Review

Athletics: African supremo urges nationality review

DAKAR, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -6th Sept,2016) - Rules governing African athletes who controversially transfer allegiance to other countries need a full review, the continent's track and field supremo said Tuesday.

"Rules on nationality changes must be reviewed," said Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, head of the African athletics federation which is meeting in the Senegalese capital. "What's happening in international competitions is troubling everyone." There have been a host of east African middle-distance athletes competing for other countries, many in the Gulf but also Turkey and even the United States.

Morocco and Nigeria-born athletes are also seen to be running for other countries. Turkey performed strongly at July's European Championship in Amsterdam, finishing fourth, but nine of the country's 12 medals were won by foreigners, featuring mainly Kenyans, but also including a gold for a Cuban transferee, and sprint silvers for a Jamaican and an Azeri.