……. Ondo athletes vow not to return to Akure over unpaid allowances.
By: Oluwatosin Adesola
Ondo State athletes and coaches have drawn a battleline with the leadership of the Ondo State Sports Council over the inability of the Management to pay their allowances at the about to be concluded National Youth Games holding in Ilorin, Kwara state.
The athletes and coaches therefore called Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to urgently look into their poor treatment by the state government’s sports officials at the tourney.
It would be recalled that the NYG
that the 10-day event for athletes whose ages are not more than 15 years started on Sept. 7 and will end on September 17, 2019.
One of the coaches, Moses Usifo, who spoke with newsmen on behalf of the aggrieved athletes and coaches, accused the state government and the management of the sports council of negligence.
He said the act could simply be described as wicked and barbaric.
“It’s still shocking that most of our athletes at the ongoing national youth games in Ilorin are starving, yet competing,” he said.
The boxing coach revealed that the athletes and coaches have not been given a dime since the commencement of the event and efforts to solve an imminent crisis proved abortive.
“We were told to wait till the month end before we get the allowances but we have resolved to stop competing and remain in Ilorin until we are paid,”
The national youth games tagged “Kwara 2019” ends on Monday.