Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare says the nation’s local athletes will camp in Holland and Kenya ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Speaking with the media in Abuja
The Minister said that the foreign based athletes will benefit from the advanced sporting facilities in their countries of residence, hence the need to provide same for the Nigerian based athletes.
The Minister assured that the Ministry will secure funding to support the athletes to give their best in Tokyo.
He added that the Adopt an Athlete was in full gear and would also lift some burden off the Ministry.
In the meantime, suspended President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Ibrahim Gusau has been indicted by the Nigeria Olympic Committee NOC for his declaration of AFN’s autonomy from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
NOC says the Ministry will always supervise National Sport Federations.
The Committee also endorsed the removal of erstwhile AFN Technical Director, Sunday Adeleye following the report of the Ministerial Panel on Doha.
It said it discovered that the leadership crisis in the AFN had been brewing since the last National Federation elections in June 2017 and worsened before the 12th African Games Morocco in August 2019 when some board members asked Gusau to step aside as president and be investigated. Most AFN board members have scores to settle with each other in addition ego, emotions and sentiments that now threaten the sport.
*Media Office to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development