The National Olympic Committee (NOC) during its board meeting which is part of their Annual General meeting on Wednesday set up a four-man investigative panel to mediate in the crisis rocking the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

Phemmy Adetula, Public Relations Officer of NOC said in Abuja that the panel has Francis Orbih, President of Badminton Federation as chairman with Binga Margaret, President, Taekwando federation, Toyin Aluko and Emmanuel Nweri as secretary.

According to Adetula, the NOC cannot afford to close its eyes to happenings in the AFN. The Olympic movement and solidarity is known for peaceful co-existence.

So, for this simple fact, athletics as a sport including other federations in the country must enjoy a peaceful environment without any rancour as they prepare for the forthcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan next year.

He said the committee was mandated to report its findings within the shortest possible time to NOC.

Also, the NOC hosted its first Patrons Forum.

The objective of this forum is to further highlight our roles, expectations as Patrons of the Olympic and Commonwealth movement amongst other vital issues that is affecting our sport.

In attendance were former Governor of Delta State,  Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan;  representative of HRM Oba Saheed Elegunshi, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Rt. Hon Marc Wabara, Mrs kofo Nwokedi and Maj. Gen. Adamu Dyeri.

The Annual General meeting of the NOC will take place on Thursday at the Starview Palace Hotel in Abuja.