Nigeria’s athletes keep complaining about poor preparation for the forthcoming Rio Olympics, despite the huge amount President Buhari issued for its preparation.
Prompting the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to urge President Buhari to probe the N2.9bn he issued for the preparations for the games to the defunct National Sports Commission (NSC).
The fund was released by the government, for the country’s preparation for the All Africa Games, the Youth Olympics and the Rio Olympics.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has repeatedly claimed that the former DG of NSC, Mallam Alhassan Yakmut never discussed the fund with him. An allegation Yakmut strongly denies.
However, the body pleaded with the government to try and release another for the training of the athletes while it probes into what really happened to the N2.9 billion earlier released.
According to the student body, it will be meaningless if Nigeria will send athletes to the games without adequately preparing them to give optimum performance.
The statement further urged the government to put measure in place to ensure that the fund will not be misappropriated if eventually it decides to release the money which it added is for the good of Nigerian athletes preparing to defend the name of Nigeria in Brazil.
“Lack of fund should not continue to be the excuse of sports men and women in our great country Nigeria which is also the giant of Africa. Nevertheless we urge the government to track every amount they want to approve for the training of our athletes to ensure that they get what is their due” the statement concluded.