AFRICAN Hockey Federation, AfHF, has fined Nigeria 4,000 Euros for failure to participate in hockey competition in Namibia. Nii Quaye-Kumah, vice-president, AfHF, in a letter of sanction issued to the Nigeria Hockey Federation, NHF, said Nigeria didn’t officially withdraw from the competition.
The AfHF letter noted that the NHF did not at any time communicate a formal withdrawal of the teams and also failed to participate in the competition. “The Executive Board of the AfHF makes reference to the regulations guiding the competition. The regulations state that any National Association which withdraws its entry less than 30 days prior to the commencement of the tournament is subject to penalties as determined by the board. The board hereby informs you that the NHF has been sanctioned to pay a fine of 4,000 Euros,’’ the letter reads.
It also indicated that the NHF should contact the treasurer of the AfHF to make the payment to the federation with immediate effect. The letter warned that failure to make the payment would mean NHF would not be eligible to participate in any of AfHF competitions.
But the NHF said the national junior hockey team could not participate in the competition due to the delay in the release of funds. The 2016 JAC was slated for Windhoek, Namibia, from March 18 to March 28.
— May 30, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT