The federal government in its continuous desire to reward superlative feats has increased Team Nigeria’s winning prize for a gold medal at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan from $5,000 to $15,000.
With this increase, each gold medal athlete will now get $15,000 (N7, 575, 000) as a winning prize per medal against $5,000 per gold earlier announcement before the competition kicked off. While a silver and bronze medal athlete will smile home with $10,000 (5, 050, 000) and $7,500 (3, 787, 500) respectively against the $3,000 and $2,000 per medal earlier promised the athletes.
The increase in winning prize comes after Team Nigeria won silver medal in Women’s 68kg wrestling event and bronze medal in Women’s long jump.
Making the announcement yesterday in Tokyo after Wrestler Blessing Oborodudu won Team Nigeria’s second medal of the Games, Director, Federation and Elite Athletes Department (FEAD) of the Ministry Youth and Sports Development, Dr Simon Ebohdjaiye, says the gesture is in appreciation of the impressive and historic performances put up by the athletes. “The gesture is to drive home the point that the Federal Government rewards superlative efforts,” said the Director who praised the athletes for their massive exploits in Tokyo.
‘Gold medallists will now be rewarded with $15,000 while silver and bronze medal winners will each get $10,000 and S7,500 respectively.
The earlier award is $5,000 for gold, $3,000 for silver and $2,000 for bronze”. Oborodudu who made history as the first Nigerian wrestler, man or woman to win an Olympic medal courtesy of the silver medal she won in the women’s 68kgfreestyle will get $10,000.
Long jumper Ese Brume who officially won Nigeria’s first medal at the Games, a bronze will get $7,500 as a reward.
Her medal is the first won in track and field since 2008 at the Beijing Olympics where Blessing Okagbare and the women’s 4x100m relay team won a silver medal each.
There are still three Nigerians left in the Wrestling event led by world number one in her category, Odunayo Adekuruoye.
Also within the medal range is Chukwuebuka Enekwechi who will be competing in the men’s Shot Put final on Thursday.