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Tokyo Olympics: Dalung Blames Sports Ministry For Poor Outing

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Tokyo Olympics: Dalung Blames Sports Ministry Over Poor Outing

Former Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung has blamed the Sports Ministry for the poor outing of Nigerian athletes at the ongoing Olympics games in Tokyo, Japan.

In an interview on ARISE TV on Friday, Dalung accused the ministry headed by Sunday Dare, of bringing shame to Nigeria at the ongoing event.

Dalung also faulted the dissolution of the boards of federations less than three months to the Olympic Games.

He said: “I think the dissolution of boards. It is a lack of patriotic political will to consolidate on the gains on the ground.

“When I was the minister, I continued from where my predecessor ended. When we get to the field, we built on previous successes and Nigeria did very well.

“Dissolving federations three months to Olympics is an indication that we are not prepared for Olympics. No general dissolves his troops on the eve of an attack and expect to win a war.

“The dissolved boards have trained and catered for the athletes for more than two years. Crises are part of human existence, the management is what determines the quality of leadership. I inherited many crises, but I resolved them.

“Leadership is about taking responsibilities. When things go wrong, somebody has to be responsible. The entire drama of shame is avoidable. This is a shame that the country has found itself.

Dalung also blamed the ministry for the disqualification of 10 athletes, shortage of kits, the row over phones and most recently, the termination of PUMA contracts.

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