Funds has been approved by Nigeria’s government to pay allowances of athletes and officials during the All Africa Games which starts on August 19.
Permanent secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Olusola Adesola, also disclosed that training grants to athletes has also been approved , in order to help the athletes do the nation proud at the games.
“The Federal Government has completed arrangement for Team Nigeria, comprised of 462 athletes and officials, to depart Nigeria for the African Games in Morocco on Aug. 15,” Adesola disclosed during a media briefing on Wednesday.
“I want to re-assure that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved funds to pay allowances of athletes and officials while at the Games village and off-shore training grants to desirable athletes.
“Return tickets for foreign athletes and wining bonuses have also been provided, ” he said.
The contingent would be transported to the Games through a chartered flight, Air Peace in line with international best practice.
“The Federations have conducted a series of close and open trials to assess the athletes’ level of preparation and select possible podium athletes to represent the nation at the Games.
“Nigeria will present a contingent size of 462 athletes, Coaches, medical and administrative support staff to the Games,” he said.
A breakdown shows that a total 462 Nigeria contingents will depart for Rabat, including 153 male athletes, 155 female athletes, 58 coaches, 58 team officials and 38 other officials and dignitaries.
The Permanent Secretary, however, warned that the athletes against using any ban steroids during the games , while assuring them of government’s commitment to their welfare .
The 12th African Games is to hold in Rabat, Morocco, between Aug. 19 and Aug 31 and Nigeria will participate in 23 sports.
Team Nigeria finished second in the last edition of the Games in Congo Brazzaville in 2015.
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