Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi
In a bid to sanitise the National Sports Festival (NSF) and ensure that participating states and athletes play by the rules in future Games, the National Sports Commission (NSC) has wielded the big stick on some athletes and states whose actions ran afoul of the rules and regulations of the festival.
Among those who were punished for various violations of the rules were Oladele Ojo also known as Alaba Joseph and Olubunmi Olamide also known as Olubunmi Olayemi, Olubunmi Ademiloye Emman and Ademisoye Olamide all from Ekiti state. They were banned from participating in the National Sports Festival for life.
According to NSC Director of Communication, Tony Ohaeri, the athletes were also banned from participating in any event organised by the Hockey Federation of Nigeria for two years for violating the eligibility rule of the sports festival.
Ekiti State who registered and fielded the athletes was fined N100, 000 while the state Secretary and Head Coach of the team were suspended from participating in one NSF and all other programmes of the Hockey Federation for two years.
Jide Daniel, an athlete who participated in Lagos state colours in the Judo event was also banned for life for flouting the rule which stipulated that any athlete who has participated in three previous National Sports Festivals in a particular sports shall not be eligible to participate in that same sport. He was also banned from participating in any event organised by the Judo Federation for the period of two years.
Lagos State who registered and fielded the athlete was fined the sum of N100, 000. The head coach and state secretary of sport concerned were also suspended for one, i.e two years NSF as well as any other programmes of the federation for the same period.
The NSC hammer also fell on Miss Onu Peace from Enugu State who changed her identity for the purpose of participating in the football event of the festival in breach of rule 7 of the NSF.
Miss Onu also known as Chikordi Nwachifem was banned for life from participating in the NSF. She is also banned from participating in any event organised by the concerned federation for a period of two years.
Enugu State that registered and fielded the athlete was fined the sum of N100, 000 while the state secretary and coach concerned were each suspended for one sports festival and any event organised by the concerned Federation.
Miss Fatima Bello who registered and competed for Lagos state while under the employment of Delta State at the time of the festival was disqualified from the festival. All or any medal won by the athlete during the festival was awarded to the opponent. All the decisions of the MOC were ratified by the NSC.