Nigerian authorities have tripled the prize cash award for medallists on the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The Director of Federation and Elite Athletes Department FEAD on the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Dr Simon Ebohdjaiye, introduced this on Tuesday in Tokyo after Wrestler Blessing Oborodudu received Team Nigeria’s second medal of the video games.
He defined that the gesture was in appreciation of the spectacular and historic performances put up by the athletes.
“The gesture is to drive home the point that the Federal Government rewards superlative efforts,” mentioned the director who praised the athletes for his or her large exploits in Tokyo.
He added, “Gold medallist will now be rewarded with $15,000 whereas silver and bronze medal winners will every get $10,000 and S7,500 respectively.
“The earlier award is $5,000 for gold, $3,000 for silver and $2,000 for bronze.”
Oborodudu who made historical past as the primary Nigerian wrestler – man or girl – to win an Olympic medal courtesy of the silver medal she received within the girls’s 68kg freestyle would get $10,000.
Long jumper, Ese Brume, who formally received Nigeria’s first medal on the video games – a bronze – would additionally get $7,500 as a reward.
Her medal was the primary to be received in observe and discipline since 2008 on the Beijing Olympics the place Blessing Okagbare and the ladies’s 4x100m relay group received a silver medal every.
There are nonetheless three Nigerians left within the wrestling occasion led by world primary in her class, Odunayo Adekuruoye.
Also throughout the medal vary is Chukwuebuka Enekwechi who can be competing within the males’s Shot Put closing on Thursday.