Monday, 25 January 2016

Buhari to host track and field athletes

President Mohammadu Buhari in a bid to make up to Nigerian athletes who felt snubbed at his awards presentation to successful Nigerian athletes in 2015, have promised to have a date with the aggrieved athletes. The President hosted Nigerian football teams and others to a treat last Thursday in Abuja, but the track and field athletes were not represented. 
 
Nneka Anibeze, Media Assistant to the sports minister, Solomon Dalung hinted yesterday, that Nigerian athletes who won medals at the African Games and Youth Commonwealth Games will still have their date. It was gathered that the track and field list presented to the sports minister was bogus, and funds were not enough to go round.

“The athletes will be hosted at a later date. When and where that is what I cannot confirm,” said Anibeze. The athletes who are currently in Port Harcout training for the Olympics expressed mixed feelings about being left out. According to top sprinter Ogho-Oghene Egwero, they were not informed of the development. A little bit of communication to them could have helped assuage their feelings and boost their confidence as they train.

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