Barely three days to the end of the Olympics games, Team Nigeria’s kits have finally arrived Rio.
Team Nigeria took delivery of the much awaited kits on Wednesday night after most of the athletes had concluded their events with some already back to their bases.
Recall that during the match past of the opening event of the games, Team Nigeria were forced to turn out in tracks suits instead of their native Nigerian wears as the sports ministry claimed the official attire which was showcased before President Muhammadu Buhari during the hand-over ceremony in Abuja failed to arrive on time for the ceremony.
But a top official of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria who confirmed the arrival of the kits, said on Thursday that they would no longer serve any purpose because “most of the athletes have left after concluding their events”.
He added that “I have never experienced this in my years in sports. Money meant for the Games was held tightly by ministry officials.
“We had to buy kits on our own while some athletes competed in their personal kits.”
Nigerians who were alarmed by the embarrassing scenario at the opening ceremony had condemned the ministry for the untidy handling of the athletes’ kits but the sports minister, Solomon Dalung, in defence of the ministry, tweeted with a post that even the South African contingent appeared at the Opening Ceremony in their track suits.
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