Friday, 26 August 2016

#Rio2016 | Senate Probes Nigeria’s Poor Outing

Worried by the ill preparation of the Ministry of Sports prior to the take-off of the recently-concluded Rio Olympics, the Nigeria Senate may probe the roles of the Minister of Sport, Solomon Dalung and the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) over the poor performance of the country’s contingent to the global event.


Recall that Nigeria won only a bronze medal in the male football event at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Joe Obinna Ogba (PDP, Ebonyi), disclosed this during an interview with journalists in Abuja yesterday.

Ogba, who was part of the official delegation to Brazil, said a lot of factors ranging from funding to logistics contributed to Nigeria’s dismal performance at the Olympic Games, saying that the Senate will look into the circumstances when it resume from recess next month.

“My committee intends to invite the NOC to come and brief us on the Olympics. Apart from the late arrival of our athletes’ kits, you can see even our national anthem at the opening ceremony was the wrong one. So, all these, we are going to find out what happened when we resume,” Ogba said.

On the donation of $390,000 to the Dream Team VI by a Japanese plastic surgeon and football enthusiast, Dr. Katsuya Takasu, the lawmaker said it was wrong of the team to receive the money because its source was unknown.

“I don’t think it was nice for our country to accept such money given the happenings around the world now. Money is good but it’s not every money that comes your way that you collect. So, I associate myself fully with the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Pinnick Amaju on that,” he noted.