The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has announced cash awards for Team Nigeria athletes who won medals at the just concluded World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya where 200 countries competed.
Dare had charged and promised the athletes before the Championships began that those who do the nation proud will be handsomely rewarded, a statement that has now seen the light of day.
The cash awards announced will see the athletes receive $5000 for Gold, $3000 for Silver and $2000 for Bronze medals.
Team Nigeria finished third on the overall medals table as the athletes amassed 7 medals; four gold and three bronze to rank behind Kenya, the host, and Finland at the end of the competition on Sunday.
The four gold medals won at the just ended championships in Nairobi is the highest Nigeria has won in any edition of the championships.
Nigeria’s Mixed 4×400m relay team started the gold rush before Imaobong Nse Uko(400m women) and Udodi Onwuzurike (200m men)won the finals of their events in dominant fashion.
Favour Ofili (200m women) and Chinacherem Nnamdi (Javelin) won Team Nigeria’s Bronze medals.
Medal-winning athletes of Team Nigeria at the just concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan were also given cash awards, with the Federal Government tripling the amount the athletes got in previous Olympics.
This is however the first time that athletes to the World Athletics U20 Championships would ever be financially rewarded for their performances.