Athletes representing Bayelsa on Sunday staged a protest during the closing ceremony of the 19th National Sports Festival.
The athletes carried placards with different inscriptions expressing their anger towards the state government for the ill treatment meted out to them.
In attendance at the closing ceremony is the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Barr Solomon Dalung, Edo and Delta state governors, Godwin Obaseki and Ifeanyi Okowa amongst other political leaders.
According to one of the athletes, Evbotokhai Victoria, they were robbed on their way to Abuja ten days ago along Airport – Lugbe road without the government coming to their aid.
“We are not protesting but to pass a message to our governor. He sent us here through some persons to represent Bayelsa.
” We were robbed and we lost our phones and other things to armed robbers. Nobody came to talk to us. We were abandoned and we were only told to go and run.
” We should be encouraged and motivated. We are good people. We are good athletes,” she said.
She further stated that the commissioner of sports in the state is aware of their plights. She also stated that they had no kits for the festival.
Team Bayelsa ended the Festival on 5th position winning 32 gold, 56 silver and 49 bronze medals.