Team Nigeria have taken delivery of the much awaited kits just three days to the end of 2016 Rio Olympics Games.
The kits which was missing on he day of the opening ceremony of the Games finally arrived Rio after most of the athletes had concluded their events with some already back to their bases.
A top official of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria who disclosed this said the kits which arrived Wednesday night would no longer serve any purpose as most of the athletes had left after concluding their events.
Team Nigeria had to resort to their warm-up track suits for the match past of the Opening Ceremony as the sports ministry claimed the official attire which was showcased before President Muhammadu Buhari during the hand-over ceremony in Abuja failed to arrive on time for the ceremony.
The official condemned the ministry for the untidy handling of the athletes’ kits. He said:
“I have never experienced this in my years in sports. Money meant for the Games was held tightly by ministry officials and they were just releasing money piecemeal. We had to buy kits on our own while some athletes competed in their personal kits.”
It has been disappointments galore for Team Nigeria at the Olympics as day after day, the country’s athletes crashed out of their respective races with some not even making it before the first round.
But all hope is still not lost as the team has one last chance to win something from athletics at the Olympics.
The hope comes from the qualification of the quartet of Blessing Okagbare, Gloria Asumnu, Jennifer Madu and Agnes Osazuwa for the finals of women’s 4x100m relay. Okagbare, had on Thursday, led Team Nigeria into the finals after posting a 42.55sec finish.
The Nigerian quartet came second in heat two behind Germany who clocked 42.18sec and they will hope they can salvage something for Nigeria in the finals billed for 10.15pm Friday in Brazil (2.15am Saturday in Nigeria).