A reward of $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500 is set to be given to gold, silver and bronze medalists by the Federal Government following the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
Dr Simon Ebohdjaiye, Director, Federation and Elite Athletes Department, FEAD of the Youth and Sports Development Ministry, made the announcement on Tuesday in Tokyo after Wrestler Blessing Oborodudu won Team Nigeria’s second medal of the Games. He says the gesture is in appreciation of the athletes’ impressive and historic performances.
Gold medalist will now be rewarded with 15,000 dollars, while silver and bronze medal winners will each get 10,000 dollars and 7,500 dollars respectively.
“The earlier award is 5,000 dollars for gold, 3,000 dollars for silver, and 2,000 dollars for bronze,”
With her silver medal in the women’s 68kg freestyle, Oborodudu became the first Nigerian wrestler to earn an Olympic medal. She will receive $10,000.
Ese Brume, the long jumper who earned Nigeria’s first medal at the Games, a bronze, will be awarded $7,500. Her gold is her first in track and field since Blessing Okagbare and the women’s 4x100m relay team earned silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
There are three Nigerians left in the Wrestling event, led by Odunayo Adekuruoye, the world number one in her category. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, who will compete in the men’s Shot Put final on Thursday, is also in contention for a medal.