Gold Coast 2018: We will pay allowance by standards- Sports Ministry

After the protest by the Nigerian athletes at the Commonwealth Games Village in Gold Coast, Australia yesterday, the Sports Ministry has come up with another plan saying they will pay the athletes by standard instead of only paying foreign based which was the initial decision. You would recall that the AFN had set A, B and C standards for international competitions this season.

Though this isn’t still going down well with a lot of athletes as two athletes (names withheld) went against the full squad to agree to the terms in a private meeting with top officials from the Ministry. “We want them to pay everyone equally! We don’t want to be paid in standards.” one athlete lamented.

The athletes had been fighting in unison for them to be paid the same rate but since these two athletes secretly agreed on behalf of the team without the consent of the  Team Captain or other members, their fight might be in vain.

The athletes are requesting that they should please pay all of them.

Don’t pay in standard. Please pay everyone as far as we are all in Australia together because some will not benefit at all!

Information from the camp reveals that the rest of the team are angry with these two athletes who they felt should know better because they are more experienced in the sport.

Now this act has ruined their plans and some athletes may not get paid because they didn’t hit even the B or C standard. This implies they won’t get any benefit from the Games. All athletes have been asked to compete by the Sports Ministry.

Following this order, Fadekemi Olude competed in the Women’s 20km Walk Race where she finished 10th position. This is her first time representing Nigeria on World stage and her performance is commendable.

Next set of athletes to hit the track are the 100m athletes; Joy Udo-Gabriel, Isoken Igbinosun, Seye Ogunlewe, Enoch Adegoke, Jennifer Madu and Egwero Ogho-Oghene. Good luck Champs!

We do hope that this doesn’t have negative impact on the athletes as this can be a big distraction to them.

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