The ministry of Youth and Sports Development have paid twelve D’Tigress players, who represented Nigeria at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo their part of the Adopt-A-Sport initiative money.
The sports ministry had raised $230,000 from four banks to boost the preparations of the men and women’s basketball teams ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
It will be recalled that the players had threatened to boycott the 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup qualifiers if the Nigeria Basketball Federation continues to treat them poorly while accusing the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the NBBF of withholding their bonuses and allowances, totalling $197,118, which included the $100,000 donated to them just before the Olympics.
According to a statement from the ministry on Friday, documents from the Central Bank of Nigeria confirmed that each of the 12 D’Tigress players to the Olympic Games in Tokyo have received $9,500 each totalling $114,000
The statement added that a number of the players had acknowledged receipt of the money, while many of them have not confirmed.
“Checks with the Central Bank of Nigeria also revealed that the Nigeria Basketball Federation’s domiciliary account had been debited to reflect payments to D’Tigress players, while the balance of the $130,000 remains for the men basketball players,” the ministry said.
“The checks also reveal that the processes for these payments commenced on the 14th of October, 2021, about the same time the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had assured the team that the fulfillment of the monetary obligations to them was in the works.
Meanwhile, the sports ministry will take full charge of D’Tigers 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup African qualifying campaign as well as the participation of one of the nation’s clubs in the Basketball Africa League following the crisis in the basketball federation.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 African qualifiers are scheduled to hold from November 22 to 30.
D’Tigers, ranked 23rd in the world, will face Cape Verde, Mali, and Uganda in the first round in Group A, with the first window billed for Angola.
The qualifiers will be staged in six windows over a 15-month period across the four regions of Africa to pick the continent’s five representatives