“Time is running out fast and there is no time to start pressing the Sports Ministry to retire funds earlier released last year. The truth of the matter is that there is no way the former Director General of the NSC, Alhassan Yakmut, wouldn’t have retired the funds he collected before being posted to the another ministry,” observed Adamu.He insisted that instead of dissipating energy on the retirement of the funds released last year, Team Nigeria ought to be in Brazil now doing final preparations for the Games.“But at the moment that is not the pressing issue, but for the Team Nigeria members to get to the venue of the Olympics early enough so as to participate in some friendly competitions that would go a long way in preparing the athletes and coaches for the challenges of the Olympics, since the Team Nigeria didn’t embark on a comprehensive foreign training tour,” Adamu noted.The former FIFA and CAF Executive Committee member, stated the issue of the N2.9billion should be revisited after the Olympics“Team Nigeria’s good performance at the Rio Olympics is what should be on the front burner of the federal government now. The president should also remember that the Team Nigeria athletes strived very hard to qualify for the Olympics and they deserve a fair chance to compete for honours at the Rio Olympics.”He noted that those suggesting that the number of athletes for the Games should be reduced, are only calling for bigger troubles for Nigerian sports as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would come down heavily on the country with sanctions that would cost a lot of foreign exchange to offset.Meanwhile, the Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Mr Ben Akabueze, has promised that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports will receive its budgetary allocation for the Rio Olympics tomorrow, July 20.Akabueze gave the assurance monday at a meeting of the House Committee on Sports held with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Account General of the federation and the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC).The Deputy Chairman, House committee on Sports, Hon Anayo Nnebe had enquired why funds budgeted for the Olympic Games in Rio were yet to be released barely three weeks to the opening ceremony.The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung however assured that the ministry had done its best in preparing 78 athletes for ten events despite the non-availability of funds.In his response, the Director-general, Budget office of the federation stated that his office had a budgetary allocation of N600m for the Olympics. N415.6m was for preparations of Olympic and Paralympic Games and an allocation of N184.6m to the Nigeria Olympic Committee to facilitate the Games proper out of which the ministry had sought the release of N503, 977,710.00“You will recall the late approval of the budget and the challenges of processing this release which was occasioned by the long public holidays. The bottom line is that in a day or two, the funds will be released” the DG assured the federal lawmakersThe Olympic Games Village is scheduled to open to athletes on July 24 while the opening ceremony is billed for August 5, 2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram RIO2016 OLYMPIC DG Budget Office: Olympic money to be released WednesdayA former Director-General of the National Sports Commission, Dr. Amos Adamu, has sent a passionate appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently release needed funds to Team Nigeria to enable the country participate at the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Adamu noted that, the president should put aside the long wait for the Sports Ministry to retire the N2.9billion released for the 2015 All Africa Games and the 2016 Olympic preparation and do the needful by speedily releasing the N2billion to execute the Olympic Games proper.
0Shares0000Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo © AFP/File / WANG ZHAOROME, Italy, Jul 26 – Cristiano Ronaldo will kick his first ball in Serie A at troubled Chievo on the weekend of August 18/19 when new club Juventus begin their bid for a record eighth straight league title.The fixture list for the 2018-19 season of the Italian championship was announced on Thursday with all eyes on where the superstar attacker, signed for 100 million euros from European champions Real Madrid earlier this month, would begin what he called “a new adventure”. Juventus are strong favourites to further cement their domestic dominance following the Portuguese international’s arrival, with the league’s other big hitters in a transition period.Napoli, who finished four points behind Juve last year, will be a different prospect from the free-flowing purists of recent years after replacing new Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri with Carlo Ancelotti, a double winner with the Premier League club in 2010.Ancelotti begins his new job with a tough away trip to Lazio, who were top scorers last season with 89 goals and only missed out on Champions League football on the final day after a dramatic defeat by Inter Milan.Three-time Champions League winner Ancelotti follows that up with the visit of AC Milan, themselves hoping to rebuild after being taken over by American hedge fund Elliott Management earlier this month.Juventus will host Lazio in the second week of the season on August 26, the first proper test for the reigning champions and 33-year-old Ronaldo in what should be his home debut.Roma, who begin at Torino, have already brought in 11 new players after finishing third and reaching the Champions League semi-finals last season, but doubts remain after they sold fan favourite Radja Nainggolan to Inter and goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool for a record-busting 72.5 million euros ($84.4 million).Boosted by their qualification for Europe’s top competition and the signing of Nainggolan, Inter are nonetheless not expected to trouble all-conquering Juve’s charge for the title.However Massimiliano Allegri’s side are unlikely to have it all their own way, after a draw that gives them trips to both Luciano Spalletti’s Inter and Roma in the final five weeks of the season.Juve’s opening-day opponents Chievo were let off from being deducted points from last season and relegated after a legal technicality meant charges that they deliberately inflated the figures of transfer dealings with now-bankrupt Serie B club Cesena were thrown out.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)