Top Nigerian athletes have expressed their disappointment over their non- inclusion in the COVID – 19 palliative by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development , reports .
Several athletes , who spoke to
questioned the rationale behind the disbursement of the relief funds .
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development , Mr. Sunday Dare , had directed the payment of N 50, 000 into the accounts of Nigerian athletes to provide relief in the face of the coronavirus pandemic .
Over 200 athletes are expected to benefit from the palliative .
But several top athletes alleged that they were of misappropriation of the funds has been raised by several federations .
Top female wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye , told that she was yet to receive her share of the money .
“ I didn’ t get any money .
I know the ministry wanted to reach out to athletes but , I never got any alert .
I don’ t know maybe there are criteria for disbursing the funds .
Enoch Adegoke , a sprinter , is unsure if his name is on the list of the beneficiaries .
“ I have not receieved any money yet from the government but I hope to that’ s if my name was included in the list , ” he said .
But the General Secretary ,
Nigeria Boxing Federation , Sunny Obot, confirmed that two boxers Afeez Osoba and Bolanle Sogbamu have been paid .
“The ministry told us to send two names of our top athletes and we considered our best , ” Obot said .
Osoba said the money has been helpful in keeping fit during the lockdown .
He said , ” I have received my N 50, 000 palliative from the ministry .
The money has gone a long way in helping me with my training and preparation for the 2020 Olympics . ”
Meanwhile , factional President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria , Olamide George , pleaded with athletes yet to receive their share of the relief fund to be patient, saying every athlete would benefit from the N 11m relief fund .
“ I have told several people who have been calling me that it is the prerogative of the ministry , and the federation (AFN ) is not against it , ” George said .
“ We are in support of what the minister is doing and we will always be supportive of it .
It is a good initiative for our athletes , so , we are informed and involved in what has been happening .
“ The list is in batches, that is the first batch (of athletes that have received the palliative ) , there will still be second and third batches .
We should just be patient, the ministry will do the needful.
If they have any issues , people can now raise it , we should wait for the whole phase to be completed. ”
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