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Olympics: FG Responds to Athletes’ Crowdfunding Reports, Denies Sending Letter asking them to buy tickets themselves



The Federal government, in response to news of Nigerian athletes crowdfunding to travel to the Rio Olympics have said that no member of Team Nigeria will have to pay their way to Brazil.

This was made known in a series of Tweets on the Presidency Office Digital Engagement (PODE)‘s Twitter handle.

Athletes had resorted to crowdfunding after they received a mail from the Ministry of Sports stating that they should pay for their tickets, adding that they will get a refund later.

The Ministry of Sports have denied sending the mail to the athletes.

“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,” Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung said in a statement on Facebook.

Dalung in the statement, regretted the embarrassment caused by the letter and asked athletes to remain focused on their build­up to the Rio games.


  1. Le coco

    July 23, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    NA soooo.. so they made it up abi… smh!! JOKERS

  2. Sammie

    July 23, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    The Sports Minister is a joke! These old guys keep embarasing us! The annoying thing is that no one calls them to order.

    What creative alternatives did he employ to sponsor our delegates knowing how constrained financially the FG is?

    Is he saying that the athletes made it up for fun?

  3. bruno

    July 23, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    nigeria government is a bloody disgrace. I am ashamed to call myself a nigerian. I will never make the error of allowing my kids to be nigerians. nigerian athletes pls go and represent other countries like usa and britain who will give u citizenship, give u endorsement deals etc and take good care of u and train u and make u reach ur full potential and also further ur athletic careers

    by the way this coming Olympics, I will be supporting my country USA. I know nigeria isnt winning anything. its the truth. last Olympics was very painful to watch. zero medals. small countries like Grenada were winning gold while a big for nothing country like nigeria with population of over 200 million people couldn’t win common bronze. I will be watching.

    nepa if u like dont give us light this August. nonsense

    • Henry

      July 23, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Shut the hell up! Criticize constructively instead of giving the same jumbo crap about your kids not being Nigerians.. Make them Mongols if you wish..

  4. Delta geh

    July 23, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    That’s why I love social media! You can call yhes people out!

  5. Ann

    July 24, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Disgusting! Embarrassing! That’s why Naijas abroad would prefer to run for foreign countries than Nigeria. For instance, the Naija chic out of Boston or Connecticut that has to raise funds to train, for equipment even to have her uniform sewn (mind you this is the only person representing Naija in water sports I think, I might be wrong).

    Question: so even if they pay for the flight see shame don catch them? Will they pay for feeding, transportation, training? To say the sports ministry or whatever is not useless, it’s an understatement. No national pride whatsoever.

    If local athletes are not paid, is it on the international level that athletes will be sponsored.

  6. ...just saying

    July 24, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Even Blessing Okagbare. She pays her personal trainers etc. Reason why she had a serious lashing out when the Jonathan team used her pic for his campaign, since she pays it all herself. This is the problem with corruption. Some people are collecting the money meant for these athletes and chopping it. There’s no dignity in labour in this country.
    I just can’t deal

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