Team Nigeria will be represented by only two athletes at the ongoing 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games holding in Nassau, Bahamas.
A total of 38 athletes will return to their various homes today following the incapability of the Ministry of Sports to secure transit visas for the athletes to the games which began yesterday in the Caribbean.
Nigeria was expected to compete in seven sports – Swimming, Tennis, Cycling, Beach Volleyball, Athletics, Boxing and Judo. Most of the athletes were in fact were camped at the Abuja National stadium for about two month, only for their expectations to be crashed by this disappointment.
Only Jacinta Okorie and a tennis player were lucky enough to get their papers sorted in time for the games, and will be Nigeria’s only representatives at the games. This development follows the recent absence of Nigeria at the IAAF World U18 Championships held in Kenya.
Just to add that back in April, the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung and his team were in Nassau to inspect the facilities in readiness for the games.
Over 70 countries will be represented at the games, with over 1300 athletes within the ages of 14-18 will be contesting for 94 medals across Athletics, Aquatics (Swimming), Beach Soccer, Boxing, Cycling, Judo, Rugby Sevens, Tennis and Beach Volleyball.