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Stranded Nigerian chess player ‘broken and traumatised’

Best Nigerian chess participant Oladapo Adu has reported he is “traumatised” as he stays stranded in Abidjan, Ivory Coastline, 12 months just after remaining caught outside his residence region as the border closed for the coronavirus lockdown.

He has been stranded in the Ivorian city considering that 24 March, when flight limits and a spate of border closures brought in to consist of the pandemic left him caught as he attempted to return household from a match.

He is currently being with close friends of yet another competitor from the tournament, Ivorian Simplice Delgundo.

“This is so traumatising and demoralising – I am living with strangers in a strange land,” Adu explained to BBC Activity Africa.

Adu experienced travelled from the United states of america to Freetown, Sierra Leone where he represented Nigeria at the Zone 4.2 Specific Chess Championship which finished on 20 March.

But by this level the coronavirus outbreak had grow to be a whole-blown pandemic, main to the ban on flight travels by nations around the world and the closure of borders.

Not able to link a flight from Freetown to Lagos, Adu embarked on a highway trip to Lagos – but was not permitted into Ghana at the Ivory Coastline-Ghana border by Ghanaian law enforcement.

“The coronavirus experienced been in the news but not really serious to quit the championship from likely on,” Adu discussed.

Adu was returning from the Zone 4.2 Specific Chess Championship

“Suddenly, the scenario heightened and we experienced to end the championship on the 20 March. My return flight was scheduled for 22 March but Air Cote d’ivoire cancelled all its flights owing to the pandemic.”

Adu experienced been searching to cement his area as Africa’s major chess participant. He retains the history as the only player to have won the championship back again to back again.

But he explained he is “disappointed and broken” with the procedure he has received from the Chess Federation and the Nigerian Government.

“I still left the Usa to Freetown to symbolize Nigeria and this is all I get for it – very little,” he explained.

“This is a match I have won two times in the earlier. On history, I am the only participant that has gained this tournament again to back.

“I am dissatisfied and broken. I have to command my feelings – I have so significantly bottled up in me.”

The journey by road from Freetown, Sierra Leone, to Abidjan took Adu three days. He embarked on that trip with a Ghanaian and an Ivorian who each competed at the Chess Championship.

“It took us 3 times to achieve Abidjan from Freetown by highway,” he explained.

“The Ivorian stayed back again in Liberia whilst the Ghanaian and I proceeded to Abidjan and on to the Ivory Coast-Ghana border.”

Even though the Ghanaian player was allow into his place, Adu was limited from crossing into Ghana and was escorted back again to into Ivory Coast by the Ghanaian Law enforcement. The scenario bought sophisticated as his baggage acquired missing at the border write-up and he is yet to be reconnected with it.

Delgundo, Ivory Coast’s best chess player, assisted Adu with getting a room in which a few other folks also slept.

“Simplice has accomplished so a lot for me and has been of fantastic assistance – I would have been on the streets with nowhere to go with no him,” Adu mentioned.

Like several other stranded Nigerians, Adu has sought assist from the Nigerian embassy, but without having accomplishment. He has also been in contact with the Nigerian Chess Federation but he explained his initiatives have yielded no consequence – although this was contradicted by the President of the Nigerian Chess Federation, Adeyemi Lekan, who told the BBC that he has been in continuous communication with Adu and has reached out to the Athletics Ministry on his behalf.

He also claimed to arrive at an agreement with the Ivory Coast Chess Federation president to give a month-to-month sum of $200 to Adu for his repairs.

“The circumstance is past our jurisdiction as a system,” claimed Lekan.

“I fulfilled with the board and we concluded that as a Federation we can only ensure he is comfy whilst stuck in Abidjan.

“Ivory Coastline Chess Federation president supplies $200 for his regular monthly upkeep. If that is not more than enough, he ought to let us know.”

But Adu insisted he has not been given these funds from the Ivory Coastline Federation President Essis Essoh.

“I have not acquired any dollars from the Ivory coastline Chess Federation President. The NCF president had a conference with his board users but nothing came out of it. They have finished practically nothing to reduce the scenario.”

Ivory Coastline Chess Federation President has also affirmed Adu’s statements he stated he was not directed to deliver a $200 month-to-month sum to Adu, but alternatively only created a a person-time payment of $172 to Ivorian Chess participant Simplice for the maintenance of Adu when he stayed at Simplice’s put.

The Nigerian Sports activities ministry is yet to answer to thoughts from the BBC.

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