German sportswear manufacturing giants PUMA has terminated its four-year contract with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.
According to PUMA, the termination of the deal was a result of Nigeria’s athletes’ inability to wear the brand at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
It was learnt that several efforts were made to give the athletes the PUMA kits, including shipping bags of kits with 40 items each to Tokyo through the Nigerian Embassy in Japan but to no avail.
PUMA terminated the contract in a letter dated Wednesday, August 4, 2021, and signed by the company’s director Manuel Edlheimb.
Meanwhile, the contract was signed on July 24, 2019, in Doha by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) board under Ibrahim Gusau.
It was expected to expire in 2022 and has been the genesis of a major crisis that the athletics body is battling to date.
A significant section of the deal stated that Puma will supply kits to all age categories to Nigeria’s athletics team for four years.