The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has clarified the announcement of cash rewards to medal winning Team Nigeria athletes at the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.
It noted that the clarification became necessary following enquiries about the status of some of the country’s beneficiaries who are still in colleges in America.
The Sports Ministry in a statement stressed that it would hold the cash rewards in trust for those affected by the NCAA regulations while the others not affected by it would be handed their rewards.
Nigeria’s U-20 track and field athletes rewrote the history of country’s participation at the biennial World Athletics U20 championships, finishing third on the final medals table with an unprecendented haul of four gold and three bronze medals in Nairobi, Kenya.
It is the highest feat Nigeria has ever recorded on the medals table. Prior to the just ended event in Kenya, Nigeria achieved her seventh place finish at the third edition of the championships in 1990 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria where they won two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.