Asaba 2018: Media LOC clarifies sensational report about Stephen Keshi Stadium

By Enweliku Kent on August 4, 2018

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The Media Department of the Asaba 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) has described as sensational, the report in some news platforms about a fallen fence near the swimming pool area of the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, venue of the ongoing African Athletics Championships (CAA) Asaba 2018.

A statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, the Head of Media and Publicity for the CAA Asaba 2018, faulted the way the incident was reported to give a wrong perception of what actually happened.

His words: “It is unfortunate to see journalists deliberately chose not to be professional in their work. The area in question is far away from the stadium where the championship is taking place. It is also still under construction; hence no one has passed it fit for use. None of this was put in context but the reporter only chose to take the shine off the good work the Delta state government is doing and the excitement the African athletes are having in Asaba since the championship kicked off on Wednesday.”

Thomas also explained that the affected cars were all outside the stadium contrary to how the report was projected.

“I am available for anyone to ask questions and seek clarity on issues, I cannot stop anybody for doing their job, but it is only proper for journalists to be factual and be balance in their reporting,” he said.

While Thomas thanked all the media practitioners that have been giving so much publicity to the championships which entered its third day of action on Friday, he encouraged them to also be thorough in their reports

Already, the IAAF President Sebastian Coe and his counterpart in the Confederation of African Athletics, Hammad Kalkaba, have given commendations to the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, for providing a legacy in Delta State with the Stephen Keshi Stadium and other facilities put in place for the championships. 

Source Daily Sports

Posted August 4, 2018

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