The President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel, on Wednesday revealed that the two athletes who excelled at the just concluded World Athletics Championships-Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume – were on the sponsorship of the NOC.
Gumel noted that the NOC, as an organ of the FG, has placed Amusan and Ese on a scholarship programme since 2018 with annual stipends till date.
Working in concert with the Ministry of Sports and the AFN, the duo of Amusan and Brume are among 14 Nigerian athletes who continue to receive NOC support till the Paris 2024 Olympics.
The NOC revealed the details of these scholarships in financial terms. The fund is from the IOC solidarity fund secured by the NOC.
“We have 14 of our notable grade A athletes under this scheme and we have never failed to give them the training and school grants.
“There is a need to pay for all the staff members of each top athlete and that is why grants are essential,” Gumel said.
In addition, the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare came up with the Adopt-an Athlete initiative in which the Delta State government adopted Brume while Ogun State adopted Amusan.