The Director-General, National Sports Commission (NSC) Al-Hassan Yakmut said the Federal Government has released N2.9 billion for preparation for the All Africa Games.
Yakmut said this in Abuja at a meeting with presidents and secretaries of sports federations in the country.
The director general said the meeting was to map out detailed plans for the All Africa Games slated for Sept.4 to 19 in the Congolese capital of Brazzaville.
He said the forum would decide Nigeria’s technical and administrative participation in the All Africa’s games (AAG) and create a `technical connect’ for Nigeria’s participation in the 2016 Olympics.
According to him, the NSC got the approval of Mr President for the Ministry of Finance to provide about N2.97 billion to take us to the All Africa Games and to prepare for the Olympics.
he said it was to ensure that all the segments for the games were involved in the medical assessment, fitness assessment, technical and tactical preparation and that they were all put together as we intensify preparation to ensure monitoring.
Yakmut said that Nigeria’s participation was necessary since we needed to showcase developments in sports over the years.
He said their participation in the 2015 All Africa Game is of significant importance because all countries that would be going for the games would be there to showcase empirical development in sport in their respective countries.
Also speaking, President Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumal urged athletes and coaches to stay away from drugs.
Gumel said they can win the entire medal but they must do that with their God given strength adding that drug cannot make them win medal but will only bring them shame.