Glasgow 2014: Blessing Okagbare Wins Women’s 100m GoldFeatured, Latest News, News, Sports Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
…Victory Excites Sports Minister
Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare has won the women’s 100m gold at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow setting a new record of 10.85 seconds.
Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown took silver and her compatriot Kerron Stewart bronze.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Dr. Tanmmy Danaagogo, has expressed joy over the victory of Nigeria’s sprinter Blessing Okagbare.
“I am really very excited at this victory for Nigeria. Blessing Okagbare like our other medalists have really made Nigeria proud. Nigerians are very happy that we are doing well,” Dr. Danagogo said, on the sideline of the games after Okagbare’s victory.
The excited minister said he has directed the sports ministry to ensure that any Nigerian athletes who win gold, silver or bronze medals at the games, be paid their bonus instantly.
The Federal Government had last week pledged different sums of money to athletes who win gold, silver or bronze medals at the Glasgow Games as a way of motivating them.
Under the arrangement, any athlete who wins a Gold medal will go home with $7,000, Silver medalist will get $4,000 while any athlete who wins Bronze medal will go home with $3,000.
“We want to make the athletes happy by paying them the money that the Federal Government promised on the spot. We do not want them to collect it after the games but as soon as they win they get their money. This will serve to further motivate them,” the minister said.
Danaagogo, said the reward is outside what the government would do for the athletes when they return to Nigeria after the games.
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