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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Nigerian Government Denies Asking Athletes To Fund Their Rio Tickets

Minister of Youth and Sports
The Minister of Youths and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has reacted to the purported message being sent to the Nigerian Rio athletes concerning their trip the Olympics. Dalung said that he regrets the embarrassment caused Nigeria by a letter which directed Nigerian athletes going to the Olympic Games in Rio to buy their own air tickets. 

The minister claimed that the said letter was not from the ministry and vowed to investigate the writer. He disclosed this in a statement signed by his media aide, Nneka Anibeze, which was posted on his Facebook account.

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 Rio will be investigated. We ask Nigerians and
 athletes in particular to disregard the mail”

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