Nigerians have closely criticised the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare following an embarrassing outing concerning the sportswear of Nigerian athletes on the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
Initially, there was the shameful disapproval of 10 of the nation’s athletes from competing on the Tokyo Olympics by the Athletics Integrity Unit.
Then, the day the primary batch of Team Nigeria arrived Tokyo, the crew was dressed in numerous colors and the looks of the crew made plenty of unfavourable impressions and an apparent sign that one thing was incorrect within the West African nation.
Before Team Nigeria’s departure, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had unveiled Afa Sports because the official kits provider for Team Nigeria.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that Nigeria had a subsisting contract with German sportswear large, Puma.
Sunday Adeleye, a former Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) stated he had by no means seen such a factor earlier than since he grew to become an grownup and adopted Nigeria’s participation on the Olympics.
“An athlete going to the Olympics should be well-motivated, and kits are part of it; not when people appear in bathroom slippers and apparel in different colours,” he said.
The embarrassing drama has also resulted in the termination by Puma of $2.76 million contract it had with the AFN.
“As a direct consequence of the recent developments, particularly at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 and pursuant to clauses 9.2 and 7.3 of the Agreement, we hereby terminate the Agreement with immediate effect.
“PUMA especially declares to be discharged from any or all obligations towards all stakeholders involved and reserves all rights against these entities and individuals,” PUMA acknowledged this in an announcement signed by its Director, Manuel Edlheimb.
Nigerians took to social media and vented their anger on the sports activities minister, Dare for permitting Nigeria’s notorious corrupt system to shame its sports activities representatives on the worldwide stage.
A trending video exhibiting Nigeria’s shot put medal hopeful, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, washing his jersey forward of his remaining recreation on the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics additionally riled many Nigerians on-line.
The TikTookay video was initially uploaded by the athlete on his Instagram web page, @thechuksay, earlier than he deleted it.
The caption within the video indicated that the athlete was given one jersey for the competitors.
“When you made the Olympic Finals, but you only have one jersey,” he wrote.
Consequently, Dare grew to become one of the vital trending topics on Twitter, with many customers asking him to resign.
They additionally showered praises on the athletes for his or her pains in Japan, primarily based on some reactions SaharaReporters extracted from Facebook.
Trisha Everest Rock-Strong stated, “Sad, they should have a New Jersey each time they go for competition. Nigeria is such a sad country compare to the western world. These Nigerian Olympic (athletes) should be in a five-star hotel, with everything on the tip of their hands.”
Sema Inam stated, “Yet they expect results from where they didn’t sow. When it’s time enough, God will reward all of them. Please let them be kind enough to assist you guys back to wherever they invited you from, to endure the embarrassments. Welcome home compatriots.”
In her remark, Chidimma Peace Godswill stated, “See other countries, down to their kits and face masks! Well packaged. But here, corruption! All the money that would have been used to cater for and support our athletes was shared on a round table meeting.”
“It is all about corruption. I can bet my last dime everything was provided for but the chronic corruption endemic in all facets of our engagements ruin all plans,” Clement Ubaru. “The people entrusted with taking care of things would rather take care of their pockets. Yes, the buck stops at the minister’s table. He should have done better by demanding and getting regular feedbacks both from the athletes and the officials. That is how sane arrangements work.”
“This is so embarrassing…I’m just glad that the guy understands how things run in his country. I’m also happy that he has let everyone know the situation,” Caleb-Omini Eteng stated.
Kelechi Okere stated, “The only solution to all these problems is recognition of the sovereign state of Biafra and all these shows of shame will stop. But as long as you continue to hold down Biafra, you will continue to have all these types of embarrassing situations.”
“What is really wrong with our sports ministers, present and past. It’s crazy, God bless our athletes in spite of all this drama they’ve shown dexterity,” David Danladi.
In her elaborate remark, Etz Queen Harnuh stated, “My best advice to Nigeria athletes is, they should create a group and name it NOC, Naija or Nigeria Olympics committee, where there can represent the country but not governed by the country, even if the country is banned from participating, they can still be involved, that is what Russia athletes did, theirs is ROC. Everyone can go and read on it. To stop our athletes from being embarrassed. Do you know when Nigeria sports page was refreshed last, 2016? The minister of sport doesn’t have any plans for our athletes, that’s why a lot of them were disqualified. That’s why we are not going with a lot of medals cause no form of support is shown. NOC IS THE WAY FOR NIGERIA ATHLETES, SHALLOM.”