The Minister of Sports and Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has issued an apology to the 10 Nigerian athletes that were disqualified from participating in the 2020 Olympics currently holding in Tokyo.
Dare issued this apology via a statement on Friday, July 30, titled, ‘Ministry Wades to stem crisis’ where he promised to investigate the circumstances surrounding their disqualification.
“The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has stepped in to stem the further crisis; by addressing the issues that have arisen concerning Team Nigeria athletes.
“The Ministry is looking into some of the issues raised by the athletes and they are being addressed as quickly as possible.
“The Honourable Minister on Thursday morning in a meeting spoke directly with the 10 track and field athletes who will not be competing and assured them of their welfare. He apologized to them for the unfortunate development that led to their exclusion and promised that it would be fully investigated,” Dare stated.
The Director Federation of Elites Athletes Department, Dr. Simon Ebhojiaye, also disclosed that the ministry is aware of the situation and will address them.
He said “the Ministry is abreast of the situation on the ground and addressing them. Payment of various allowances commenced last week and it’s ongoing.”
1st News learned that the athletes were ruled ineligible to participate at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan; by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).
The athletes were ruled ineligible due to failure to meet the minimum testing requirements; under Rule 15 of the Anti-Doping Rules for ‘Category A’ federations.
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB (IPOB) has reiterated that there was no going back declaration; of sit-at-home in the entire South East.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday, July 30; by the IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB who warned that nobody should attempt flouting the directive; as doing so might come with huge consequences.
According to the statement, the directive, which would take effect from Monday, August 9, 2021; would be observed every Monday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm until its detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was released.
It urged people of the zone to be prepared as the exercise would cripple the economy; stressing that no sacrifice was too much for Biafra and Kanu who had sacrificed so much for the actualisation of the republic.