Controversy has hit the camp of Team Nigeria in the ongoing London 2012 Paralympics, as the athletes are complaining of marginalisation, some of the athletes refusing to collect their allowances saying that they ought to have been paid by the National Sports Commission (NSC) in pound sterling like their counterparts at the Games.
According to Tribunesports the athletes for the track and field events have collected their allowances as each of them was said to have been paid 1,700 dollars, however, the powerlifters in the team were yet to collect theirs at the time of filing this report.
One of the athletes told Tribunesports in London that the protest was to ensure justice and fair play.
- “Why should we be paid in dollars? None of the athletes who went to London 2012 main Olympics won a medal yet, they were paid 2,400 pounds each.
Here we are, we have made Nigeria proud by wining gold medals here and those at the helm of affairs only felt we should be paid in dollars.
Why the disparity for goodness sake? It is unfair,” said one of the athletes, who pleaded anonymity.
My thoughts: So we’d waste taxpayers money on able-bodied vegetables, and cheat these heroes who have transcended physical challenges to do us proud, out of their dues…?