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Sports Minister Says Ministry Working to Facilitate Early Release of Funds for 2024 Olympics

… Says private individuals and corporate sector not exempted

Oru Leonard

The Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh has announced plans to ensure the early release of funds in preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, underscoring the ministry’s commitment to supporting Nigerian athletes on the world stage.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Diana-Mary Nsan, SA. Media to the Honourable Minister of Sports Development on Thursday.

Senator Enoh emphasized the importance of securing funding in a timely manner to facilitate comprehensive preparations for the Olympic Games. He added that the ministry will actively pursue partnerships with private individuals and the corporate sector to bolster financial support and ensure that athletes are set up for success.

Drawing from the successful model implemented during the African Games, where all athletes were insured, Senator Enoh affirmed the ministry’s commitment to safeguarding the well-being of Olympians. 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.

Highlighting the ministry’s dedication to nurturing talent and fostering a conducive environment for athletic excellence, Senator Enoh announced plans to implement salaries for grade A athletes. This initiative aims to provide ongoing support and motivation to athletes as they prepare for the Games, enabling them to focus on their training and performance without financial constraints.

Senator Enoh expressed confidence in Nigeria’s athletes and their potential to achieve success at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. By prioritizing early funding, strengthening partnerships, and enhancing athlete support mechanisms, the Ministry of Sports Development expressed commitment to Nigerian athletes to shine on the global stage.

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