By Ime Bassey
Sportsmen and women who won laurel for Kano state in the just concluded 17th National Sports Festival held in Port-Harcourt who may miss the cash reward promised them according to feelers from sports authorities in the state are spoiling for war and have called on the state governor, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to intervene.
This development is coming on the heels of conflicting reports regarding the planned reward for the athletes as the sports council is bent on shifting ground from its earlier position of rewarding the athletes with cash prizes ranging N100,000 to N200,000 for their efforts.
Some top sports officials in the state not happy with the new trend are said to have held meetings with the top brass of the state sports council on the need to fulfill its promise to the athletes as they feared that the state may be the end loser, if the appropriate thing is not done.
According to one of them, the next National Sports Festival is a few months from now and they cannot fold their hands and see the state lose its key athletes in the Lagos show.
The sports council had in its submission to the government made a proposal of N200,000 for gold medal winners, N150,000 for silver and N100,000 for bronze winners, amounting to N6.5 million.
In its calculation the council had estimated that its athletes would win 8 gold medals, 15 silver and 15 bronze and would be instantly rewarded on arrival from the Garden City Games.
The state government against the worries of many stakeholders in sports in the state, that the state team will have it rough, approved N30 million for the state contingent to participate in the “Nigeria Olympics”.