The number of missing athletes from Team Nigeria to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have increased from one to three on Wednesday.
Team Nigeria are currently on board and expected to land in the country today (Wednesday) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja at about 3:15pm.
Team Nigeria took 90 athletes of ten sports to the international showpiece, where they won nine Gold, nine silver and six. However, earlier on Tuesday, www.aclsports.com reported the disappearance of Isoken Igbinosun, a sprinter from the country’s camp before their exit from the Australian city.
Sources inside Team Nigeria camp disclosed to us that two more athletes are currently missing. The source said, “I don’t want to mention their names but I know two athletes have gone missing again.”
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“It’s not because the athletes do not love Nigeria, but they made the move to better their careers. Even if they come to Nigeria, all they’ll receive is a presidential handshake, nothing more,” the source said.
“I won’t mention names yet, that would be the job of the Federal Ministry of Sports as well as the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC,” said the source.
Few days ago, Team Nigeria dismissed as baseless and disrespectful allegations that Australia’s Border Police have decided to mount a close watch on its athletes at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast.
Secretary General of Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, Honourable Tunde Popoola who was livid sneered at the report describing it as baseless and disrespectful.
He said, “Records show (verify at CGF) that Team Nigeria remain the only country that has submitted a detailed departure schedule on the movement of its team”.
“For now, we concentrate on supporting our athletes in winning more medals to the glory of our fatherland and will not want to be distracted” Popoola said.