The Nigerian team at the ongoing IAAF World Championships in London have been paid all camp allowances due to them, two days to the end of the competition.
The 14 competing athletes received $100 per day for 14 days, totaling $1,400 for each athlete except Edose Ibadin, who left camp earlier with $800.
Speaking after facilitating payment, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung said “It was necessary to give the athletes their dues to encourage their performance. We will continue to support our sports men and women and pay them all their entitlements. Again we have paid the athletes all their allowances as a responsibility to encourage them. These athletes are our pride irrespective of their performance. We have settled all their camp allowances, and will also ginger them to good performances in the remaining events.”
Also speaking on the paid allowances, the President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Ibrahim Shehu Gusau thanked the Minister for making it possible for the athletes to be paid.
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“I want to thank the minister, Solomon Dalung for his kind gesture. The athletes’ morale has received a boost, with the payment of their camp allowances. This payment, I believe will lift the athletes” he said.
Currently, Nigeria is yet to win any medal at the championship, with the women’s 4x100m and 4x400m being the country’s last hope on getting a podium placement.