The National Sports Commission (NSC) has finally released funds for Nigeria’s participation at the 2015 All Africa Games (AAG) in Congo Republic but with conditions that the various sporting federations must account for every money spent.
The NSC Director-General, Al-Hassan Yakmut, hinted that about 2.9 billion naira was released to the commission to persecute this year’s games.
Yakmut also advised that only athletes with medal prospects should participate at Congo 2015.
Apart from the 19 sports that Nigeria would participate in, swimming and gymnastics have been placed on standby in the event.
The AAG 2015 is expected to hold in Brazzaville, Congo, between September 4 and 15, 2015.
The Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Al-Hassan Yakmut, has confirmed that the delayed 2014 edition of the National Sports Festival will be held after the All Africa Games (AAG) 2015.
Mr Yakmut while speaking on Channels Television’s sports programme, Sports Tonight, identified funding as a major problem that had stalled the event.
He said the commission was working towards a public-private partnership, as they await a positive response from the supposed 2014 festival host, Cross River State Government.
Yakmut was the Director of Grassroots Sports Development Department of the National Sports Commission before he took over from Honorable Gbenga Elegbeleye in May 2015.
Meanwhile, the AAG 2015 will run between September 4 and 15 in Brazzaville, Congo, and the Director General is optimistic that everything needed for the national games would be ready after the All Africa Games.
The Nigeria U-23 team is scheduled to face Defending Champions, Ghana, Senegal and Egypt in Group B of the the football events, while host country, Congo, will face Sudan, Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe in Group A.