Dalung to Foreign-based Athletes: We will buy your tickets to Rio

Solomon Dalung
and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung

The Ministry of and Sports Development has denied directing foreign-based athletes going to the Olympic Games in Rio to buy their own air tickets.

Mr. Solomon Dalung, Minister of and Sports stated this in a statement following a purported mail asking athletes to buy their tickets to the Olympics and which was said to have originated from the Ministry.

The Minister stated that the Director, High Performance Angie Taylor has been saddled with the responsibility of arranging for the flights and movement of the foreign based athletes to and from Rio.

“We did not write any mail asking athletes to pay their way to Rio. As the overseers of sports in the country, it is our duty to take care of all our athletes.

“The letter did not come from and we will investigate the writer of that letter. It does not represent our stand concerning the movement of athletes to Rio and the writer or anybody asking athletes to buy their tickets to Rio will be investigated.

“We ask and athletes in particular to disregard the mail,” Dalung’s Media Aide, Nneka Anibeze, quoted him as saying.

The minister however regretted the embarrassment caused by the letter and asked athletes to remain focused on their build-up to the Rio games.

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