The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, on Saturday said nobody has directed foreign-based athletes taking part in this year Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to buy flight tickets.
Dalung, made the clarification in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Nneka Anibeze, in Lagos.
The statement said the clarification was necessary following the discovery of a letter, said to have originated from the ministry, asking athletes to buy their tickets to the Olympics.
Dalung, according to the statement, made it clear that the Director of High Performance in the ministry, Angie Taylor, has the responsibility of arranging for the athletes’ flight to the Games. “We did not write any mail asking athletes to pay their way to Rio,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the minister as saying in the statement. Read more