The poor facilities at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos Nigeria, has forcedÂ Nigerian athletes out of the venue.
P.M.Sports checks revealed that the athletesÂ are moving in their numbers to theÂ Rowe Park in Yaba, Lagos, where they observe their daily training.
It was gathered that many of the athletes prefer to train at the Rowe Park becauseÂ the facilities at the Sports City have gone bad. The tartan tracks at the stadiumÂ have been bad for years without renovation.
Some facilities, which are still in good condition are not accessible to theÂ athletes. Some basketballer, who spoke to P. M.Sports said they prefer to train inÂ the outdoor Court instead of the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium.
The athletes castigated the National sports Commission for the poor treatment metedÂ out to the athletes, describing the rot of facilities as a disgrace to the nation.
However, the departure of the athletes have taken its toll on some businesses at theÂ stadium. Worst hit by the development are the sports shops and otherÂ stores, whereÂ athletes do not patronise on a daily basis.
Amputee Table-Tennis player, Blessing Agwu said most players do not even botherÂ about their training because there are noÂ competitions in sight.
Agwu argued that most athletes, who would have represented different states at theÂ forth coming National Sports Festival, have been dropped because they could notÂ measure up with the standard.