June 18, 2024

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Tokyo Olympics: Chukwuebuka Enekwechi Video Was to Embarrass Nigeria, says Minister of Youths And Sports Development


In a viral TikTok video, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi who was the first Nigerian to qualify for the men’s shot put final at the Olympics, was seen washing his jersey and he captioned the video “When you made the Olympic finals, but you have only one jersey.”


This video sparked massive reactions and outbursts on social media has many questioned why the Nigerian athletes would have to suffer jersey shortage. Though the video has now been deleted, Nigeria’s Minister of Sport has now reacted to this. Claiming Chukwuebuka shared the video as an attempt to embarrass Nigeria.


In a lengthy statement, he said “The quantity of competition wears given to each athlete is the decision of the particular federation. No complaints came to my notice until the Tik Tok Video posted by one of the athletes went viral. We Immediately stepped in to manage the situation. The Federation involved has been directed to provide a detailed explanation about the kit.


“Team Nigeria was properly kitted for the games with a 9-item backpack using a local manufacturer in harmony with President Buhari’s policy on local content.


“Before any federation which is a component of Team Nigeria however wears any brand, it must refer to the Ministry and the NOC for clearance and approval. The Ministry and NOC must be fully aware of the contract details by the Federation to protect the rights and freedoms of the athletes and ensure Nigeria’s interests are protected.


“In this situation, the Ministry wishes to state that the contractual arrangement between AFN and Puma prior to the Olympic Games has generated a lot of controversy between the former President of the Federation and the former Board members.


“I will not want to go into too many details on this issue because it is sub judice. Suffice it to say that the Ministry was not part of the agreement. The Tik Tok video on the issue was an attempt to create a media frenzy to embarrass Nigeria.


“Following from the above, the issue relating to the competition wears vis a vis the alleged arrangement with Puma is most unfortunate. I have demanded a proper investigation into this matter. Such an inquiry will unearth the truth about how some people tried to sabotage Nigeria’s participation and undermine the country and our Olympic athletes.”

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