The Ministry of Youth and Sports has dismissed the video making the rounds in the social media by a junior athlete Ashien Godwin who granted an interview, claiming to have been starved for three days on his way to the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland held in Poland from July 19-24, 2016.
Nneka Ikem Anibeze, Media Aide to the Minister of Youth and Sports, said the ministry invited the Secretary-General of the federation Olumide Bamiduro and other top staff of the ministry to find out details of what transpired during the trip to Poland. Details of the investigation are as follows that:
Bamiduro explained that 11 athletes and 6 officials traveled to Poland through Dubai on an Emirates flight.
Due to scarcity of aviation fuel at the time, the flight flew to Accra in Ghana to refuel.
Due to the delay at the Accra airport, the athletes missed their connecting flight to Poland from Dubai.
The airline accommodated all athletes in a five star hotel with meal vouchers to eat anywhere at the airport.
The athletes were flown the next day to Poland via Dubai having been accommodated and fed by the erring airline according to IATA rules and standards.
Due to the delay, the athletes also missed the opening day of the championship.
While in the hotel allocated to the team by IAAF, they were fed thrice daily according to IAAF standards.
That at no time was any athlete starved of food or shelter before and during the championship.
That on arrival, each athlete received an allowance of $300 as juniors while the officials got $600 each.
The athlete who smeared the country’s name on the social media has been queried and he has since apologized for his behavior.
Barrister Dalung however stressed government’s commitment to take care of its athletes at home and abroad while on national and international assignments. He urged athletes to desist from mischievous acts capable of bringing the country to ridicule.