The morale in Team Nigeria’s camp has been boosted with a pledge of financial reward from the Minister of Sports/Chairman National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy Danagogo to coaches at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Spokesman of Team Nigeria/PRO of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Tony Ubani has disclosed that the Minister promised any coach whose athlete wins a gold the sum of $5,500 as a way to motivate the coaches to psyche their athletes to put in their best.
“The minister has promised that the NSC will give any coach whose athlete wins a gold medal $5,500 as a way of motivating them to psyche their athletes to put in their best. He said he was impressed with the performance of the athletes so far,” Ubani said.
He added that the reward for coaches is in addition to the $8,000 already approved for each gold medallist as well as the $4,000 and $3,000 approved for each silver and bronze medallist respectively.
The minister who announced the financial package during an interactive session with the Nigerian athletes and officials at the Games Village’s Chef-de- Mission conference room, Glasgow?, said that the financial gesture was designed to motivate the athletes to victory.
“This financial reward is designed to motivate all of you to win more medals for Nigeria. We are proud of the medal we have won at the weigthlifting category and we are expecting more from all of you. “Let me assure you that the government is ready to do more for all of you if you win more medals for the country.” Dr. Danagogo said that in addition to the $7,000 for Miss Chika Amalala, the first Gold medalist for Nigeria in the women’s weight lifting category, $1,000 has also been awarded for her breaking the Commonwealth record in the weight lifting category.?
While reassuring the athletes of the Federal Government’s commitment towards their welfare and successes at the event, the minister said the over 170 million Nigerians are looking up to the athletes to win medals for the country.
“I can tell you that President Goodluck Jonathan has done everything possible for all of you to succeed in this tournament. The expectations of Mr. President and the rest of Nigerians is that you all win medals for us. We are proud of you and will give you all the necessary supports that you need to succeed.”
Those present at the meeting were the Director General of the National Sports Commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye, Director of Sports Medicine, Dr. Abdukadri Muazu, Director of Finance and Accounts, Ministry of Sports and President of the Nigeria Olympics Committee, (NOC), Alhaji Sani M. Ndanusa, among others.