Barrister Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youth and Sports has frowned at the poor management of the welfare of the country‘s athletes, players and officials.
According to statement yesterday by the Special Assistant, Media Nneka Ikem Anibeze, Dalung express sadness when he visited the National Women’s U-20 team Falconets in Austria at the weekend.
According to his findings, the players were yet to receive any allowance since May 10, 2018 when they began camping.
Consequently, he directed that all pending camp allowances and match bonuses owed the Falconets and their officials be paid before they depart for France.
“I am indeed saddened that the team has been in camp since May 10, 2018 and have not been paid either their camp allowances or match bonuses since they qualified for the World Cup. It was only a few days ago in Austria that they got a little fraction of their daily allowances.
“Welfare is the definition of motivation to athletes and officials and a team of young girls who made the country proud by qualifying for the U-20 Women’s World Cup in France. They deserve better treatment than what they have gotten.”
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“I hereby direct that all pending allowances of the players and officials be paid before their training camp in Austria comes to a close as Government will no longer accept the violation of this policy on athletes’ welfare in all National Sports Federations.”
Also, the Minister directed National Sports Federations to ensure strict compliance with the welfare policy and other related issues of athletes, players and officials.
He once again congratulated the Falconets and wished them the best outing at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.
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