The sports ministry has clarified the claims that the Sportsmen/women representatives of the country in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham were not provided with kits.
In their response, they said:
About 300 Team Nigeria Kits were delivered over two weeks ago and have since been issued to almost all the athletes.
These kits which are the general kits procured by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, as is the practice, have since been issued to the athletes. These include tracksuits, house wear, sneakers, face caps, backpacks, trolley bags, shorts, and ceremonial wear.
Team Nigeria athletes have since been donning them in Birmingham, as was evident at Thursday night’s opening ceremony and other team functions.
However, the competition kits for each federation differ. Each federation produces specific competition kits for its athletes.
The Ministry is aware that federations have their arrangements with different manufacturers with different delivery times and expectations, which are being monitored very closely.
We hope this clarification helps to put the matter in perspective so that all distractions to Team Nigeria athletes and officials are avoided.