Tokyo Olympics: PUMA to sue Athletics Federation of Nigeria over alleged “breach of contract”

A few days after international kits brand, PUMA terminated its $2.4m contract with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, the sports brand is now set to sue the body to court after it allegedly breached the terms of contract between them.

The sports wear brand had on Wednesday terminated the contract signed in 2019 citing the failure of Nigerian athletes to wear its branded kits at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics in Japan.

Sunday Adeleye, the technical director of the factional Athletics Federation of Nigeria revealed that the German sportswear company will drag the Athletics body to court.

Adeleye revealed to ARISE TV that PUMA has been sending documents to the AFN from its legal department to take the case to court.

“The contract is a non-disclosure one. It is between PUMA and AFN with FMYSD’s permission. We warned that this may lead to litigation and wrote to all parties involved, including finance and justice ministries”

“We are sure that PUMA will go to court on this matter. Their officials have called that they are sending documents from their legal department. We wrote the minister on the implications for Nigeria. This won’t make other companies deal with Nigeria.”

Significant highlights of the contract stated that the company will supply kits to Nigerian athletes (all age category) for four years.

Nevertheless, the contract led to a legal tussle between the Shehu Gasau-faction of the AFN and the Sports Ministry which led to the Nigerian athletes not donning PUMA branded kits at the Olympics.

The Sports Minister, Sunday Dare was quoted as saying the PUMA deal is ” a subject of a criminal investigation.”


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