German sportswear manufacturing giants PUMA has terminated its four-year contract with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).
Recall that the AFN under the then leadership of Engr Ibrahim Gusau signed a four-year contract with PUMA in 2019 said to be worth $2.76m, and was due to expire in 2022.
In a letter dated Wednesday 4th August 2021 and signed by the company’s director Manuel Edlheimb, PUMA said it was officially notifying the federation of its termination of Sponsoring and Licensing Agreement.
Part of the contract was that PUMA would supply apparel to all age categories to Nigeria’s Athletics team for four years at no cost.
In addition, gold medalists at the Tokyo Olympic Games will earn $15,000, silver medalists will get 5,000 while a bronze medal will fetch athletes wearing PUMA apparel at the games for $3000.
But the leadership tussle in the AFN that has lingered since 2019, resulted in the Nigerian Athletics athletes at the Olympics being asked not to wear the PUMA kits, which were already reportedly shipped to Tokyo by the German company.
Recall that two different elections were held on the same day in June, producing two separate boards that are currently parading themselves as the legitimate AFN board.
Ibrahim Shehu Gusau and Tonobok Okowa emerged as presidents in the separate elections held in Kebbi and Abuja respectively.
Both factions actually rebuffed reconciliatory moves by World Athletics and the Confederation of African Athletics before going ahead to hold the parallel polls.