Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has released a statement denying claims that they asked the Nigerian Athletic contingent to Rio 2016 Olympics to purchase their tickets themselves.
Read the statement from Dalung
WE DID NOT ASK ATHLETES TO BUY TICKETS TORIOThe Ministry of Youth and Sports Development says it did not direct foreign based athletes goingto the Olympic Games in Rio to buy their own air tickets. The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung said this in a statementfollowing a purported mail asking athletes to buy their tickets to the Olympics and which was said to have originated from the Ministry. Barrister Dalung stated that the Director, High Performance Angie Taylor has been saddled with the responsibility of arranging for the flights and movement of the foreign based athletes to and from Rio. "We did not write any mail asking athletes to pay their way to Rio. As the overseers of sports in the country, it is our duty to take care of all our athletes. The letter did not come from us and we will investigate the writer of that letter. It does not represent our stand concerning the movement of athletes to Rio and the writer or anybody asking athletes to buy their tickets to Riowill be investigated. We ask Nigerians and athletes in particular to disregard the mail" Dalung said.
The minister however regretted the embarrassment caused by the letter and asked athletes to remain focused on their build-up to the Rio games.