Team Nigeria athletes to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London have been paid all camp allowances due to them Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
According to a media statement signed by the special adviser to the Minister for Sports on media, Nneka Aniete, all 14 competing athletes received $100 dollars per day for 14 days being $1,400 for each athlete, except Edose Ibadin who left camp earlier with $800.
"We will continue to support our sports men and women and pay them all their entitlements. Again, we have paid the athletes all their allowances as a responsibility and to encourage them, the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung states in the media release."
These athletes are our pride irrespective of their performance. We have settled all their camp allowances today and that will also spur them to good performances in the remaining events."
Also the President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Hon. Ibrahim Shehu Gusau thanked the Minister for facilitating the payments for the athletes.
"I want to thank the Hon Minister Barrister Solomon Dalung for his kind gesture. The athletes' morale has received a boost with the payment of their camp allowances. This payment, I believe will lift the athletes' spirit in time for the relays where we are expecting a respectable result by our athletes," Gusau says.
Meanwhile, one of Nigeria's representative in the 4x400m women and 4x100m women Abike Egbeniyi departed the shores of the country Friday night for London venue of the 2017 IAAF World Championship.
Egbeniyi was issued her visa late on Friday with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria booking her on the next available flight to arrive on Saturday the day of the event.
The Nigerian team drawn in lane 2 of Heat 1 will compete against Eucador, United States, Great Britain, Ghana, France, Netherlands and Switzerland of the 4x100m relay while in the 4x400m relay the will have Germany, South Africa, Jamaica, Bahamas, Italy, Ukraine and Poland to contest with.