LOL! Nigeria’s Olympic kit arrives Brazil 3 days to the end of Olympics
|Athletes, including triple jumper Olu Olamigoke, competed in Rio (L) in the same kit as worn at the World Athletics Championships in March (R)|
Most of them had finished competing by the time the outfits arrived.
“We are disappointed and embarrassed. We’ve been wearing kits from the World Athletics Championships,” one athlete, requesting anonymity, told the BBC.
Nigeria’s men’s football team has its own sponsored kit – but it has been hit by funding problems and players only arrived hours before their first match.
Athletes confirmed that they had only received their sports and ceremonial kits on Thursday.
“Money meant for the Games was held tightly by [sport] ministry officials and they were just releasing money piecemeal,” the official is quoted as saying.
The government had budgeted 600m naira ($1.7m; £1.3m) for the Olympics, but payment problems appear to have dogged Nigerian Olympians.
Japanese plastic surgeon, Katsuya Takasu, is donating $390,000 to the football team after hearing about its financial difficulties.
The players were held up in the US city of Atlanta because of problems paying for their flight and only landed in Brazil just hours before their opening 5-4 win over Japan.
Doctor Takasu has also promised each player a $10,000 bonus if they win bronze….Thank God they did that few minutes ago.