Olympics air tick­ets ready – Min­istry

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The min­istry of youth and sports has said the air tick­ets for the Rio Olympic Games are now ready and they (tick­ets) will be made avail­able to par­tic­i­pat­ing ath­letes by mid­week. Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Bar­ris­ter Solomon Dalung said this dur­ing a meet­ing with the Pres­i­dent of the Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion of Nige­ria (AFN), Solomon Ogba and staff of the Fed­er­a­tion of Elite Ath­letes Depart­ment FEAD in Abuja yes­ter­day.

Dalung had sum­moned the par­ties to es­tab­lish the au­thor of the email pur­port­edly sent to ath­letes last week on be­half of the min­istry.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Dalung re­it­er­ated the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing that Nige­rian ath­letes are well taken care of ahead of the games, de­scrib­ing the mail as mis­chievous.

“The au­thor of that email lacks the au­thor­ity to write on be­half of the min­istry or even the Fed­eral Govern­ment of Nige­ria. At no time did we ask our ath­letes to seek for funds to travel, know­ing too well that ath­letes are very frag­ile peo­ple to be man­aged.

“There are so many things that come to play in de­ter­min­ing their suc­cess. It’s not just skills, train­ing and de­ter­mi­na­tion. The psy­chol­ogy of an ath­lete at the point of con­test is also very im­por­tant, so if you ask them to look for money to buy air tick­ets, how sin­cere could you be in terms of plan­ning for Rio. The said let­ter which gen­er­ated a lot of neg­a­tive re­ac­tions is not the po­si­tion of the min­istry. We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to trans­port our ath­letes to and from any­where they are be­cause they are on na­tional as­sign­ment. Whoso­ever pub­lished that email and his mo­tive will def­i­nitely be in­ves­ti­gated,” Dalung said.

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