Buoyed by the impressive performances of Team Nigeria athletes at the ongoing Rio Olympics, President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel, has ordered the payment of allowances and bonuses to the athletes.
“We want these athletes to concentrate and not allow anything distract them,’’ Gumel said yesterday when he called at the Games Village. All their monies should be paid to them in full. We don’t want any distraction. It is their money and it has been released by the Federal Government,’’ he said.
The announcement of the full payment is expected to calm frayed nerves and dismiss rumours that the athletes were only going to receive part payments.
“It is their money and it has been released. We want total concentration of the athletes in their quest for medals for Nigeria,’’ Gumel said yesterday at the Games Village in Rio.
The IOC member said that officials of Team Nigeria were working together to ensure that the athletes come out with decent performances in their various disciplines.