Olympics: Sports ministry to ensure timely release of fund – Minister

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The Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, has announced the ministry’s commitment to promptly disburse funds to support the training of Nigerian athletes for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The News Agency of Nigeria has reported that the games are scheduled to occur from July 26 to August 11 in Paris.

In a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media, Diana-Mary Nsan, the minister provided this assurance on Thursday in Abuja.

Enoh emphasized the significance of securing funding promptly to enable thorough preparations for the Olympic Games.

He further stated that the ministry will actively seek collaborations with private individuals and corporate entities to enhance financial backing and guarantee the athletes’ readiness for success.

Referring to the effective strategy adopted during the African Games in Ghana, where comprehensive athlete insurance was provided, the minister vowed to expand upon that achievement.

“Plans are underway to provide insurance coverage for Team Nigeria athletes to mitigate risks associated with injuries and unforeseen circumstances, reflecting a proactive approach to athlete welfare,” he said.

Enoh additionally unveiled intentions to introduce salaries for grade A athletes, emphasizing that this endeavor is designed to offer continuous assistance and encouragement to athletes during their preparation for the Games.

This initiative aims to enable them to concentrate on their training and performance without financial limitations.

The minister conveyed his belief in the capabilities of Nigeria’s athletes and their potential for success at the Paris Olympic Games.

According to NAN, the Paris 2024 Olympics will mark the debut of breaking (commonly known as breakdancing) as an Olympic event. Additionally, NAN reports that these Games will be the first to feature an equal number of male and female athletes.