The Nigerian Senate has said it will probe the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung and the National Olympics Committee (NOC), over Nigeria’s poor outing in the just concluded Rio Olympics in Brazil, where it won only a bronze medal in men’s football.
More so, the Senate is disappointed with the U-23 football team for accepting a cash donation of $390,000 from a Japanese plastic surgeon, football enthusiast and philanthropist, Dr. katsuya Takasu for their Bronze Medal victory.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Sports, Obinna Ogba, PDP, Ebonyi South, disclosed this, yesterday, during an interview with journalists in Abuja.
Ogba, who was part of the official delegation to Brazil, said a lot of factors ranging from funding to logistics contributed to Nigeria’s no-show performance at the Olympics Games, saying that the Senate will look into the circumstances when it resumes from recess next month.
“My committee intends to invite the NOC to come and brief us on the Olympics. Apart from the late arrival of our athletes’ kits, you can see even our national anthem at the opening ceremony was the wrong one. So, all these, we are going to find out what happened when we resume.”
“I don’t think it was nice for our country to accept such money given the happenings around the world now. Money is good but it’s not every money that comes your way that you collect. So, I associate myself fully with the President of the Nigeria Football Federation.”