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Meanwhile, the sports ministry, in a statement on Friday, signed by Director, Federation of Elites Athletes Department, Dr Simon Ebhojiaye, said it was abreast of the situation.“The ministry is abreast of the situation and addressing them. Payment of various allowances commenced last week and it’s ongoing,” the statement read.
“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 apologised to them over the unfortunate development that led to their exclusion and promised that it would be fully investigated.”
Following frayed nerves over the Samsung phones given to athletes at the Games, our correspondent learnt Dare along with the Nigeria Olympic Committee resolved the issue after consultations with the International Olympic Committee.“Working with the NOC, the minister and NOC president on Friday morning were able to secure approval. No official of Team Nigeria or NOC took away the entitlements of any athlete that has been wrongly reported. headtopics.com
“Therefore, the issue of the phones was resolved administratively, according to the IOC rules and guidelines. Team Nigerian officials acted in line with IOC standards and as soon as approval was received the right thing was done.”Copyright PUNCH.All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.Read more: The Punch Newspapers »
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