Friday 6 August 2021

‘Wash-and-wear’: FG blames sports federations for jersey shortage at Tokyo Olympics

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development says it is not responsible for the provision of competition jerseys for athletes at 

the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The ministry said this two days after a video showing Nigeria’s shot put finalist, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, washing his jersey ahead of his final game at Tokyo 2020 Olympics surfaced online.

Enekwechi, who later finished 12th in the final, uploaded the TikTok video on his Instagram page, @thechuksay, before he later deleted it.

The caption in the video indicated that the athlete was given one jersey for the competition.

“When you made the Olympic Finals, but you only have one jersey,” he wrote.

The video got many Nigerians angry, with some blaming the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, for “poor supervision”.

They also blamed the sports ministry for rejecting the $2.7 million kits donated by PUMA through a controversial deal with a faction of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.

However, the sports ministry said federations were responsible for the provision of competition jersey for athletes.


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