Dalung Summons AFN Over Athlete’s Ticket Scandal

Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has summoned the Athletics Federation of Nigeria’s Secretary-General, Olumide Bamiduro and ministry staff of the Federation of Elite Athletes Department (FEAD) today to explain the ticket scandal that rocked the social media at the weekend.

A mail purportedly written by the AFN secretary Bamiduro had asked athletes to send an estimate of what their ticket to Rio may cost with an assurance that refunds will be given if approved by the ministry for purchase by the athletes.

The Minister had washed his hands off the mail that went viral on Saturday, stating in a release that he had neither instructed anyone to push such information nor even muted such to FEAD.
Barrister Dalung had warned through a statement that those who wrote such a letter asking athletes to buy their air tickets to Rio will be investigated and sanctioned accordingly.

“I Ihereb restate that no athlete has been authorized or asked to buy his or her ticket to the Olympic Games. Whoever that wrote the letter did so on his or her own accord without due consultation with the overseer of sports in the country which is the Ministry of Youth and Sports. We are totally committed to the welfare of our athletes and will ensure that they are not psychologically affected by distractions caused by this letter”, Dalung assured.

Meanwhile athletes will start moving to the Games village on August 1, 2016. The Ministry of Youth and Sports is to ensure the smooth movement of athletes abroad to the Games Village in Rio.


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