No Chadian boxers at Francophonie Games

N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Three Chadian boxers, selected to represent the central African country at the Francophonie Games in Ottawa, Canada, have failed to travel for lack of visas.
Chad's Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Moussa Wayor, said Wednesday that the boxers, who do not have official passports, failed to get ordinary visas on time.
"On 30 June we sent the passports to the Canadian embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon.
As of now neither the boxers' tickets nor their passports have been returned.
The tickets can only be valid with a visa", he explained.
Only members of the 'Hirondelles Saos' musical group have so far travelled to Canada from Chad.
Of the four athletes selected for the games, only Kaltouma Nadjina (400m), Ibrahim Abderahmane (100m) and Francis Laoula (high jump) have been accepted by the games organisers and got their travel visas.
The minister said the visa of Sebergue Moumi (100m) was annulled.
"We were penalised.
When we asked for explanation, we were told that Sebergue does not meet the minimum requirements to compete in the Games", he said.

18 july 2001 20:49:00




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