The House of Representatives has mandated its committees on Sports and Foreign Affairs to investigate the denial of visas to Nigerian athletes participating in qualifying competitions for the Rio Olympics.
This followed a motion under matters of urgent public importance on Thursday, moved by Daniel Ofongo (Bayelsa-PDP), which was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.
Moving the motion, Ofongo explained that qualification for the Olympics Games involved a number of phases.
The lawmaker, however, expressed concern that the wrestling federation’s technical crew was denied visas by Turkey in its bid to enhance Nigeria’s medals chances at the Games.
The House, after much deliberation, resolved to investigate the reasons Nigerian athletes were denied visas by the Turkey embassy and report back within seven days for further legislative action.
It also resolved to invite members of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) to ascertain if some other federations were having similar challenge, so as to ensure a speedy resolution.
It will brecalled that Nigeria female wrestler, Blessing Onyebuchi and Head coach, Victor Kodei were denied visa by the Turkish embassy in Abuja to participate at the 2nd 2016 Olympics Games qualifying tournament scheduled to hold between 6 -8 May, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.