The Ministry of Youths and Sports on Monday in Abuja said it would later this week send flight tickets to foreign-based athletes billed for the Rio Olympic Games.
This is according to a statement by Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, the Special Assistant (Media) to Youth and Sports Minister Solomon Dalung.
It quoted Dalung as saying this during a meeting in Abuja with the President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Solomon Ogba.
The meeting was also attended by staff of the ministry’s Federation of Elite Athletes Department (FEAD).
The statement said the Minister had summoned both Ogba and the FEAD staff to establish the author of the e-mail purportedly sent to athletes on behalf of the ministry.
“Whosoever published that e-mail and his motive will definitely be investigated,’’ Dalung was quoted as saying.
It said Dalung had at the meeting reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring that Nigerian athletes were well taken care of ahead of the Olympics, describing the mail as mischievous.
“At no time did we ask our athletes to seek for funds to travel, knowing too well that athletes are very fragile people to be managed.