Olympics: Sports minister apologizes to disqualified Nigerian athletes, promises investigation

Sports minister, Sunday Dare has apologized to 10 Nigerian athletes who were disqualified from participating in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

However, In a statement whose title is  ‘Ministry Wades to stem crisis’ whose release was on Friday, July 30 by the sports ministry,

where the Minister made a promise to investigate the circumstances surrounding their disqualification.

It read; 

“The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has stepped in to stem the further crisis by addressing the issues

that have arisen concerning Team Nigeria athletes.

The Ministry is also looking into some of the issues that were on the rise by the athletes and they are addressing them as

quickly as possible.

“The Honourable Minister on Thursday morning in a meeting spoke directly with the 10 track and field athletes who

will not be competing and assured them of their welfare. He apologized to them for the unfortunate development

that led to their exclusion and promised that it would be fully investigated.”

Finally, Director of Federation of Elites Athletes Department, Dr. Simon Ebhojiaye was also quoted saying; 

“The Ministry is abreast of the situation on the ground and addressing them. Payment of various

allowances commenced last week and it’s ongoing.”

By Taiyelolu A

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